Answers to Common Spine Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about spine health.

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Common symptoms of spinal stenosis, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), can include:

  • Back pain
  • Burning pain through the butt or legs, known as sciatica
  • Numbness or tingling in the butt or legs
  • Pain the lessens when leaning forward or sitting
  • Weakness in the legs

Only one type of spinal stenosis – called cauda equine syndrome – causes other symptoms and can be serious, according to the NIH. If you have the following symptoms, call your doctor right away:

  • Inability to control the bladder or bowel
  • Pain, weakness or loss of feeling in one or both legs
  • Problems having sex

Talk to your doctor for more information about symptoms of spinal stenosis.

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Source: Jennifer Smail, MD, Pledger Orthopaedic Spine Center and Associates; Neal Mehan, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute

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