Initial symptom diagnosis / SPINE

Back Pain with Weakness and Numbness of Legs during Walking and Standing


In case of spinal degeneration, which is common in elderly people, spinal canal in the vertebral spine is reduced in size, resulting in compression of vertebral spine to the nerve roots, called spinal stenosis. Back pain may be absent in spinal stenosis. However, the predominant symptoms are pain on the posterior hips which may radiates to legs, and sometimes accompanied by numbness and weakness of the lower extremities. These symptoms can occur on one leg or both legs and are significantly increased with standing and walking, while are improved with resting, called neurogenic claudication.

Diseases or conditions which cause the symptoms

  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Herniated nucleus pulposus

When to see a doctor:

  • Difficulty of walking and standing due to pain
  • Chronic pain more than a month
  • Weakness and numbness of lower extremities, even at rest
Fri, 18 Jun 2021
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