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Lumbar (low back) foraminal stenosis

In the low back, foramen are the holes on either side of the vertebral bones where nerves exit the spinal cord and go out into the pelvis and legs. These holes need to be large enough so the nerves can pass through and not become pinched or compressed. Lumbar (low back) foraminal stenosis implies that these holes have become smaller. When the holes get too small it can start to compress nerves as they travel through. The usual way this stenosis occurs is losing the height of our discs. Discs act like the spacers between vertebral bones. As we age our intervertebral discs become thinner losing the spacer effect. Arthritis and bone spurs can also reduce the foramen (holes).


Low back foraminal stenosis can present with a variety of symptoms. This can range from local low back pain to nerve type pain that radiates down the leg. Neurological symptoms are also common with advanced stenosis such as numbness and weakness in the legs.


Treatment for low back foraminal stenosis depends on the level of stenosis and the symptoms that exist. In some cases, minor encroachment of the foramen is not a problem and is monitored. In other cases, more advanced treatment is warranted. Chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments can be useful. Contact your health provider for more information specific to your case.

Causes of low back pain

The following conditions are common causes of low back pain.