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What are the common symptoms of spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Stan Lee
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Positional sciatica

Symptomatic spinal stenosis usually presents as radiating pain down the sciatic region of one or both legs.
Because of anatomic considerations, the sciatica is typically positional. Leg pain, numbess, and/or weakness predictably worsens after a short period with the spine extended (standing upright/walking) and improves with forward flexion of the spine (sitting/hunching forward/fetal position).

In brief: Positional sciatica

Symptomatic spinal stenosis usually presents as radiating pain down the sciatic region of one or both legs.
Because of anatomic considerations, the sciatica is typically positional. Leg pain, numbess, and/or weakness predictably worsens after a short period with the spine extended (standing upright/walking) and improves with forward flexion of the spine (sitting/hunching forward/fetal position).
Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Lee
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Dr. Chaim Colen
Neurosurgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Multiple

There are multiple symptoms with spinal stenosis.
Pain radiating down the leg(s) -radiculopathy - usually worse with extension of the back, weakness, and numbness are some of the commonly seen symptoms.

In brief: Multiple

There are multiple symptoms with spinal stenosis.
Pain radiating down the leg(s) -radiculopathy - usually worse with extension of the back, weakness, and numbness are some of the commonly seen symptoms.
Dr. Chaim Colen
Dr. Chaim Colen
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: None

20% of people over age 60 have imaging findings of spinal stenosis but most have no symptoms.
Generally, pain with numbing and tingling with a sensation of fatigue in the legs made worse with standing or walking relieved by bending or leaning forward or by sitting. If the stenosis is a high lumbar level it may or may not go very far down the legs.

In brief: None

20% of people over age 60 have imaging findings of spinal stenosis but most have no symptoms.
Generally, pain with numbing and tingling with a sensation of fatigue in the legs made worse with standing or walking relieved by bending or leaning forward or by sitting. If the stenosis is a high lumbar level it may or may not go very far down the legs.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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