What should I do if I think I have neurogenic claudication?
- Neurogenic Claudication
- Risk Factors
If after long periods of walking or standing you begin to experience mild discomfort in your lower back, buttocks, thighs or calves, there’s a chance you may be in the early stages of neurogenic claudication. Neurogenic claudication is defined as limping, or mobility issues, related to a problem with the nervous system.
Nerve roots located within the lumbar (lower) and sacral (pelvic) regions of the spine affect the lower body. Nerve compression in this area of the spine can cause pain, tingling, numbness or weakness that could impact your ability to walk or stand comfortably.
With that being said, neurogenic claudication is a serious condition, and you should schedule an appointment with your doctor if you have any suspicion that you may be developing it.
How your physician may approach neurogenic claudication
The first thing to do if you notice symptoms consistent with neurogenic claudication is to consult a physician. There are two general courses of treatment available:
- Conservative treatment — Exercise or physical therapy are the primary methods of treatment, with an emphasis on flexing the spine forward. Other methods of treatment include pain medication, behavior modification, epidural steroidal injections, massage, acupuncture and chiropractic care.
- Surgical treatment — Traditional open back surgery to treat neurogenic claudication involves the removal of a large portion of the spine, either through a laminectomy or other procedures. Such surgery often requires a large incision, long hospitalization and lengthy recuperation.
Minimally invasive alternative
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