Neurogenic claudication and lumbar spine conditions

Neurogenic claudication is a group of symptoms that can develop when spinal stenosis occurs in the lumbar (lower) spine. Neurogenic means the condition is relating to the nerves, while claudication comes from the Latin word for limp. This means the condition describes impaired mobility that is caused by a nerve issue.

If you are suffering from neurogenic claudication, the first step to finding treatment is to identify what is causing the nerve compression in your lumbar spine. This could be the result of a degenerative spine condition or an injury. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine a definite diagnosis of your condition so you can move forward with the treatment options available to you.

Neurogenic claudication — causes and treatment

Spinal stenosis is often the primary cause of neurogenic claudication. Spinal stenosis is a term for narrowing of the spinal column, generally caused by a condition like a bone spur or herniated disc, which can put pressure on spinal nerves and cause debilitating symptoms. By identifying the cause of your nerve compression, your doctor can recommend a series of conservative treatments or spine surgery to help reduce your pain so you can get back to a more active lifestyle.

For many patients, neurogenic claudication can be relieved through conservative treatments. These specific treatments are designed to relieve pain, improve mobility and promote the health of the spine. Your doctor may recommend the following conservative treatments:

  • Physical therapy
  • Posture improvement
  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle changes like quitting smoking or starting a weight management program
  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Spinal injections
  • Over-the-counter or prescription medication

If these conservative treatments are not effective after several months, you and your doctor may begin to explore surgery. If you have concerns about undergoing a traditional open spine surgery, reach out to Laser Spine Institute to learn about the advantages of our procedures.

Minimally invasive spine surgery to treat neurogenic claudication

Our minimally invasive spine surgery involves a less than 1-inch incision, unlike traditional spine surgery that requires a large incision, often cutting through the muscles around the spine. Because we use a muscle-sparing approach, our patients experience a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication compared to traditional procedures.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer two types of minimally invasive spine surgery: decompression surgery and stabilization surgery. While many of our patients are recommended for a decompression surgery to relieve pressure on a pinched nerve, some patients may require a stabilization surgery, which decompresses the nerve and provides stability to the spinal column. To learn more, contact our team today.

We are pleased to offer a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.