Overview of neurogenic claudication and vascular claudication

Neurogenic claudication is a group of symptoms resulting from the narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis). The word neurogenic means having to do with the nerves, while claudication is Latin for limping. The symptoms are caused by the compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots in the lumbar (lower) region of the spine. As a result, pain, cramping, weakness and tingling can occur in the lower back and down one or both buttocks and legs.

Vascular claudication, on the other hand, is a condition involving insufficient blood circulation. While symptoms similar to those of neurogenic claudication may manifest, it’s actually the narrowing of the arteries in the legs that cause the symptoms, not the narrowing of nerve passageways. Read on to learn about the differences between neurogenic claudication and vascular claudication as well as the treatment options for these debilitating symptoms.

Differences between neurogenic claudication and vascular claudication

In vascular claudication, the arteries are susceptible to hardening and narrowing as plaque, or fatty deposits, build up along the arterial walls. This hardening is called atherosclerosis, and the reduction of blood flow to the area is classified as peripheral arterial disease. Symptoms of vascular claudication can disappear after doing something as simple as standing up, allowing the constricted area more blood.

Neurogenic claudication symptoms, however, may take a bit longer to subside and sometimes require more involved treatments, such as physical therapy and medication. In certain cases, sitting or bending forward at the waist to flex the spine may lessen pressure on nerves and ease neurogenic claudication symptoms.

Neurogenic claudication occurs mainly due to aging, the weakening of the intervertebral discs and the resulting nerve compression. Vascular claudication may develop over time but the related atherosclerosis can progress faster and earlier in life for those with a diet high in fats and sugars, as well as other unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as smoking.

Finding relief for neurogenic claudication and vascular claudication

If you are experiencing neurogenic claudication and vascular claudication symptoms and have exhausted your conservative options, contact Laser Spine Institute to see if our procedures would be able to help ease your discomfort. Our minimally invasive procedures employ the use of advanced techniques to treat neck and back conditions, by using a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques. Therefore, our surgery provides a safer and effective alternative compared to traditional spine surgery.^

To date, we have had the pleasure of helping more than 75,000 patients find relief from their chronic symptoms. Reach out to us today to schedule a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.