One of the most prevalent side effects of spinal stenosis is neurogenic claudication. Spinal stenosis occurs when narrowed pathways compress the spinal nerves. “Neurogenic” means the problem is related to a nerve, while “claudication” is from the Latin word for limp.
Some of the common symptoms associated with the condition include discomfort, cramping, weakness, and pain in the legs, making walking difficult. Neurogenic claudication is also commonly referred to as pseudoclaudication. On the other hand, vascular claudication is caused by the impaired flow of blood to the muscles in the leg.
The main goal of neurogenic claudication treatment is to decompress the nerve roots in the lumbar spine. In some cases, neurogenic claudication surgery might be required to treat the condition.