Visually Assessed Severity of Lumbar Spinal Canal Stenosis Is Paradoxically Associated With Leg Pain and Objective Walking Ability

Pekka Kuittinen; Petri Sipola; Tapani Saari; Timo Juhani Aalto; Sanna Sinikallio; Sakari Savolainen; Heikki Kröger; Veli Turunen; Ville Leinonen; Olavi Airaksinen


BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2014;15(348) 

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Association between the anatomical degree of LSS and the clinical findings is a complex one. Our findings indicate that advanced degenerative hypertrophy may potentially be a protective mechanism that causes relief of patient symptoms. Follow-up studies are needed to confirm if symptoms of patients with LSS may improve despite the progression of the anatomical degree of central LSS.