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A physical exam for
spinal stenosis includes examination of the spine and
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.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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