Physical Exam for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
A physical exam for spinal stenosis includes examination of the spine and testing:
You will probably be asked to stand or walk around until symptoms begin. These tests may be repeated to compare results.
Other tests that may be done include the straight-leg-raising test and testing the range of motion in the hips to check for signs of osteoarthritis in the hips.
You can have spinal stenosis and still have a normal physical exam. Your doctor will carefully consider your symptoms and the results of imaging tests, such as MRI, before making a diagnosis.
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