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What are symptoms of spinal stenosis?

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Not everyone has symptoms, but if you do, they tend to be the same: stiffness, numbness, and back pain.

More specific symptoms include:

  • Sciatica - shooting pains down your leg. They start as an ache in the lower back or buttocks.
  • Foot drop - a painful leg weakness that causes you to slap your foot on the ground.
  • Trouble standing or walking.
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control.

From: Cervical Spinal Stenosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Spinal Stenosis”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Back Pain? Fast Facts: An Easy-to-Read Series of Publications for the Public,” “Questions and Answers about Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis,” “Spine Basics,” “Effects of Aging,” “About Us.”

Neuroscience Online, McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston: “Chapter 3: Anatomy of the Spinal Cord.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Spinal Stenosis,” “What is a Rheumatologist?”

Mayo Clinic: “Spinal stenosis,” “CT scan.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Osteoarthritis.”

Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center: “Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: “What is a Physiatrist?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Spinal Stenosis”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Back Pain? Fast Facts: An Easy-to-Read Series of Publications for the Public,” “Questions and Answers about Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis,” “Spine Basics,” “Effects of Aging,” “About Us.”

Neuroscience Online, McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston: “Chapter 3: Anatomy of the Spinal Cord.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Spinal Stenosis,” “What is a Rheumatologist?”

Mayo Clinic: “Spinal stenosis,” “CT scan.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Osteoarthritis.”

Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center: “Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: “What is a Physiatrist?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

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