Signs & Symptoms Orthopedics

Lumbar Stenosis
Signs and Symptoms

Frequently, people afflicted with lumbar stenosis have varying degrees of low back pain.

The pain most often occurs during activities and may get worse when walking, standing or leaning backward. Some pain relief may occur when resting, sitting or bending forward.

Other symptoms, which typically occur in the lower back, buttocks, legs and feet, are:

  • Cramping
  • Numbness
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness

In severe cases, the condition can impact continence and sexual function.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.