To diagnose spinal stenosis, your doctor may ask you about signs and symptoms, discuss your medical history, and conduct a physical examination. He or she may order several imaging tests to help pinpoint the cause of your signs and symptoms. Our caring team of Mayo Clinic experts can help you with your spinal stenosis-related health concerns Start Here. Treatment for spinal stenosis depends on the location of the stenosis and the severity of your signs and symptoms. Talk to your doctor about the treatment that's best for your situation.
Central Canal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
Lumbar spinal stenosis LSS is most commonly due to degenerative changes in older individuals. LSS is being more commonly diagnosed and may relate to better access to advanced imaging and to an aging population. This review focuses on radicular symptoms related to degenerative central and lateral stenosis and updates knowledge of LSS pathophysiology, diagnosis and management. Since patients with anatomic LSS can range from asymptomatic to severely disabled, the clinical diagnosis focuses on symptoms and examination findings associated with LSS. Imaging findings are helpful for patients with persistent, bothersome symptoms in whom invasive treatments are being considered. There is limited information from high quality studies about the relative benefits and harms of commonly used treatments.
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Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of one or more bony openings foramina in the vertebrae of the spine. When spinal stenosis occurs in the spinal canal, it is called central canal stenosis and may cause compression of the spinal cord. Central canal stenosis can occur in the lumbar lower spine. Watch: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Video. Changes in movement-coordination and paralysis may occur in severe central canal stenosis.