The patient with lower back pain and leg pain with walking

  • Gunnar B. J. Andersson
  • Thomas W. McNeill


The concept of “spinal stenosis” began to evolve in the 1940s in Europe. Verbiest (1954) should be credited with starting the development of the modern concept of this most complex of the many lower back pain syndromes. The word “stenosis”, in this context, implies a narrowing of the spinal canal, not caused by a disc herniation alone. This narrowing may involve the central canal and/or the exit canals for the individual nerve roots.


Lower Back Pain Nerve Root Spinal Stenosis Central Canal Degenerative Spondylolisthesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gunnar B. J. Andersson
    • 1
  • Thomas W. McNeill
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryRush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical HospitalChicagoUSA

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