Neurogenic claudication is defined as pain and cramping in the legs or pain and cramping in the buttocks due to narrowing of the spinal canal in the lumbar region or lumbar spinal stenosis causing compression of the nerve root. This is often due to conditions such as herniated or bulging discs in the lower back or lumbar spine, degenerative disc disease, or bone spurs that cause the stenosis or narrowing of the neuroforamen of the lumbar spine, where sensitive nerve roots reside.
Leg Pain Diagnosis
To determine if the cause of the pain is neurogenic claudication from a herniated disc or bulging disc, other causes must be eliminated accompanied by the appropriate diagnostic testing, such as an MRI or discogram. Another cause of leg pain may present symptoms similar to neurogenic claudication is intermittent claudication, or narrowing of the arteries in the legs resulting in a lack of blood flow to the legs and causing pain in the legs with walking.
Leg Pain Treatment
Treatment for neurogenic claudication is surgical and the newest, safest surgery to treat neurogenic claudication is Deuk Laser Disc Repair, a minimally invasive laser spine surgery that is performed outpatient with a 95% success rate.