Neurogenic claudication is one of the most typical side effects of spinal stenosis, a condition in which spinal nerves become compressed by narrowed pathways in the spinal column. “Neurogenic” indicates that the problem deals with a nerve, and “claudication” is derived from the Latin word for “limp,” because this condition is defined by weakness, cramping, discomfort, and pain in the legs that can make it difficult to walk.
As mentioned above, neurogenic claudication often results from spinal stenosis, typically in the lumbar (lower) region of the spine. This degenerative spine condition develops over time as part of the natural aging process. Over the years, the openings through which spinal nerves pass can become constricted and place pressure on the nerves. This nerve compression is what can cause neurogenic claudication.
The symptoms of neurogenic claudication are most often felt in the calves, but can present in the hips, buttocks, thighs, or feet. The symptoms can include:
- Tired feeling
Typically, conservative, nonsurgical methods of treatment are effective in managing the symptoms of spinal stenosis, including neurogenic claudication. Conservative treatments can include physical therapy, hot/cold therapy, pain medication, exercise, and others. However, some individuals cannot find relief through these methods and instead turn to surgery. If spinal stenosis is causing your painful symptoms, and you’ve failed to reduce your pain with conservative techniques, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our safe, effective endoscopic procedures are minimally invasive alternatives to?open back surgery and can help you?find relief from?back and neck pain.