Neurogenic claudication is a spinal condition that occurs when the spinal nerves in the lumbar region become compressed or irritated, leading to pain and reduced mobility. The term “claudication” refers to pain or cramping in the legs that occurs with walking or standing and improves with rest.
Neurogenic claudication is often caused by lumbar spinal stenosis, a condition where the spaces within the spine become narrow and compress the spinal nerves,”explains Orthopedic Surgeon Rolando Garcia, M.D.
This can be due to age-related changes in the spine, herniated discs, or other medical conditions that cause pressure on the nerves.
Symptoms of neurogenic claudication can include pain or cramping in the legs or buttocks that worsens with walking or standing and improves with sitting or lying down. Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs may also be present in severe cases.
Treatment for neurogenic claudication typically involves a combination of conservative measures such as pain management, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes (such as exercise and weight loss). In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the underlying condition causing the nerve compression or to relieve pressure on the nerves.
Examples of when surgery may be necessary to treat neurogenic claudication include:
- Laminectomy: Laminectomy involves the removal of the portion of the vertebra that is causing the nerve compression. This can help to relieve pain and restore mobility in the affected area.
- Foraminotomy: Foraminotomy involves the removal of the bone or tissue that is compressing the spinal nerves as they exit the spinal cord. This can help to relieve pain, numbness, or weakness in the affected area.
It is important to work with a medical professional to develop a comprehensive treatment plan based on individual needs and symptoms. With proper management and treatment, most individuals with neurogenic claudication can achieve significant pain relief and improve their quality of life.Please check our two locations. For all scheduling questions or for appointments, call 305.937.1999