Symptoms generally develop slowly over time and can encompass weakness, numbness, and tingling and/or pain in the buttocks, legs, or even the feet—especially when walking. Typically, with Spinal Stenosis, the pain can be alleviated somewhat by resting or maintaining a flexed position. Symptoms can also fluctuate and may include bowel and bladder issues.
Methods of Diagnosis
Because many of its symptoms resemble those of other age-related conditions, Spinal Stenosis can be difficult to diagnose. In addition to a basic physical or neurological exam, a battery of imaging tests—including X-rays or MRI and CT myelogram scans—are typically used to diagnose Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.
Methods of Treatment
Treatment can range from pain relief medicine and exercise to physical therapy and/or corticosteroid injections. However, if symptoms become severe—or chronically restrict normal daily life—several effective, minimally invasive surgical procedures are now available.
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