Spinal stenosis generally occurs in those aged over 50 years as a result of osteoarthritic change to the vertebrae and decreased disc height causing a narrowing of the spinal canal. This narrowing can then irritate the nerves passing around it and cause symptoms such as numbness, tingling and weakness.
MRI may be appropriate if symptoms do not improve with conservative measures after 3-6 months if wishes to consider surgery
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