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How serious is it to have lumbar spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Can be serious

Stenosis is an objective finding on imaging studies, like an mri.
However the symptoms of lumbar stenosis determine how severe it is. It can be as mild as occasional pain or numbness radiating down the legs, to severe weakness, pain and numbness that worsens with walking. Depending on how severe the pain and disability is, determines the treatment.

In brief: Can be serious

Stenosis is an objective finding on imaging studies, like an mri.
However the symptoms of lumbar stenosis determine how severe it is. It can be as mild as occasional pain or numbness radiating down the legs, to severe weakness, pain and numbness that worsens with walking. Depending on how severe the pain and disability is, determines the treatment.
Dr. Greg Khounganian
Dr. Greg Khounganian
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Common problem

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common problem especially for those older than 50.
It can be managed conservatively in many patients for years. If surgery becomes necessary, it can be planned on an elective basis. Check out spine-health.Com.

In brief: Common problem

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common problem especially for those older than 50.
It can be managed conservatively in many patients for years. If surgery becomes necessary, it can be planned on an elective basis. Check out spine-health.Com.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Varies

It varies, some cases are mild and patients have minimal symptoms; in other cars patients can have severe pain and limited ability to stand and walk and can even lose control of their bowel and bladder.

In brief: Varies

It varies, some cases are mild and patients have minimal symptoms; in other cars patients can have severe pain and limited ability to stand and walk and can even lose control of their bowel and bladder.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Usually not

It can look a lot worse than what the symptoms are or even if there are no symptoms.
You will have more than adequate warning from the stenosis in the lumbar spine before it can get really serious in terms of pain or neurologic symptoms and rarely neurologic findings.

In brief: Usually not

It can look a lot worse than what the symptoms are or even if there are no symptoms.
You will have more than adequate warning from the stenosis in the lumbar spine before it can get really serious in terms of pain or neurologic symptoms and rarely neurologic findings.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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