Lumbar Spinal Canal Stenosis Symptoms


depend on whether the stenosis is present in the upper or lower portions of the spine. The symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis may become severe for a little while but then subside. These are some of the most common symptoms associated with lumbar spinal stenosis:

  • Low back pain and leg cramps
  • Numbness and weakness that radiates down to the legs and feet
  • Pain that gets worse when standing upright or walking
  • Stiffness in the thighs and legs
  • Pain that subsides when leaning forward


Aging is a key factor in lumbar spinal stenosis and this condition is most commonly caused by arthritis, specifically osteoarthritis which causes the thickening of the spinal ligaments as well as the occurrence of bone spurs. Some of the other causes of lumbar spinal stenosis include:

  • Conditions such as spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
  • Trauma and infection (often associated with invasive surgery)
  • Herniation of a spinal disc
  • Disc degeneration

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