Spinal stenosis is a narrowing in the spinal canal or where nerve roots exist. Bone or tissue – or both – can take up space in the spine and put pressure on the nerves located in the spinal canal. This includes disc bulging, osteophytes (bone spurs), thickening of ligaments, fat or tumors. Generally, this condition is seen in older adults.
Spinal stenosis symptoms can vary, ranging from low back pain to a vague, dull leg pain that becomes worse with walking and better with stopping and sitting down or leaning forward. You may experience no pain at all or more severe pain and difficulties including:
Your doctor will ask you questions about your past health and back pain during a physical exam. You will likely undergo imaging studies that can include X-rays, a CT scan or an MRI.
Spinal stenosis treatment may vary, depending on the location and severity of your pain. At HonorHealth, you'll start with a conservative approach to your treatment plan that may include: