Neurogenic claudication (which is pain in the hips, buttocks, and legs that is accompanied by limping) is experienced by many individuals who suffer from spinal stenosis in the lumbar (lower) spine. This is often accompanied by other symptoms, including numbness, tingling, cramping, and muscle weakness. Many patients are able to find relief from the symptoms of spinal stenosis with alternative treatments.
What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal. This can be caused by a number of spinal conditions, including degenerative disc disease, spinal arthritis, osteophytes, and bulging discs. These conditions can cause elements of the spine (including intervertebral discs, muscles, ligaments, vertebrae, and others) to shift out of place and intrude on neural passageways in the spinal canal. This can be especially painful if a spinal nerve becomes compressed.
Alternative Treatment Options
Some of the more popular alternative treatments for spinal stenosis include:
- Acupuncture – This practice involves the insertion of tiny needles into specific areas of the body. This is said to unblock the body’s flow of energy, promote healing, and reduce pain.
- Massage – Massage therapy can help to relax tense muscles and reduce the pain of spinal stenosis.
- Pilates – This form of exercise serves to strengthen the muscles in the back and abdominals. Stronger muscles can provide the neck and back with better support, which may help to ease the symptoms of spinal stenosis.
Patients who are suffering from neurogenic claudication often find relief by sitting and stooping. These activities help to stretch the lower spine, which can relieve some of the pressure that may be placed on spinal nerves.
Individuals who are unable to manage the symptoms of spinal stenosis through non-surgical means may want to consider the safe and effective procedures performed by the orthopedic specialists at Laser Spine Institute. Contact us to learn more about these endoscopic procedures and to schedule a complimentary consultation.