Leg pain is a common condition that is caused by many types of injury or illness. Whether moderate or severe, leg pain causes issues with mobility, making everyday activities difficult. Even walking could become too strenuous for someone suffering from leg pain. Pain in the legs is often caused by issues in the lower back. In other cases, the leg itself may have an injury.
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.
To determine if the cause of the pain is neurogenic claudication from a herniated disc or bulging disc, other causes must be eliminated through the appropriate diagnostic testing, such as an MRI or discogram. Another cause of leg pain that may present symptoms similar to neurogenic claudication is intermittent claudication, or narrowing of the arteries in the legs. This results in a lack of blood flow to the legs and causes pain in the legs while walking.
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.
Are you or a loved one experiencing leg pain? Deuk Spine Institute is always accepting new patient inquiries. To learn more about treating leg pain, contact us or give us a call at 1-800-FIX-MY-BACK.