Approach

The diagnosis of the condition is based on clinical history, a thorough physical examination to rule out other possible aetiologies of presenting symptoms, and consistent radiographical findings demonstrating narrowing of the spinal canal and/or neuroforamen. Other serious causes of low back and leg pain should be borne in mind when making the diagnosis.

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