What are the symptoms of narrow lumbar canal?

Centro de la columna Vertebral: 16 Octubre, 2018

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What are the symptoms of narrow lumbar canal?.

The symptoms of narrow lumbar canal include chronic back pain. Don't ignore the warning signs of this condition, since it can cause gait abnormalities and more serious spinal affectations. Remember to see a specialist if you have any of these problems.


The narrowing of the lumbar canal, located in the lower back, is known as “stenosis” This can happen because of abnormal growths in the bones of the spine or because of degeneration of the tissues involved in supporting the spine, which causes compression on the nerves.

Symptoms of the narrow lumbar canal

The appearance of stenosis is more recurrent between the ages of 60 and 70, although it can appear before that. Most patients describe suffering chronic back pain or low back pain, even for years. For this reason, it is very important to see a specialist if you have constant back pain.

Other symptoms of narrow lumbar canal include:

  • • Numbness in the legs.
  • • Pain when going downstairs(not so much when going up).
  • • Cramps or tingling.
  • • Difficulty moving the back (bending, turning, etc.).


As we mentioned above, one of the major complications of this condition is the difficulty to walk, which may consist of the inability to take steps of normal length, due to pain.

On the other hand vascular claudication , can also occur, which consists of a decrease in blood flow to the extremities (due to pressure in the lumbar canal); this can cause acute pain, a burning sensation and a decrease in temperature.

Visit the CCV for treatment

At the Centro de la Columna Vertebral, we are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of spine-related diseases or conditions. With early diagnosis, most of the complications of spinal stenosis or narrow lumbar canal, as well as a surgical procedure, can be avoided.

Our treatment focuses on on decreasing the symptoms, as well as preventing further compression of the nerves of the spine, which is the underlying cause.

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All the information in this blog is informative and does not replace a medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Méndez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist.

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