MicroTube Spine Surgery - Neurogenic Claudication

Neurogenic Claudication Surgery

Causes of Neurogenic Claudication

As mentioned earlier, neurogenic claudication can result from spinal stenosis. A degenerative spine condition, spinal stenosis, can develop over time or as part of the aging process.

Over the years, the openings where the spinal nerves pass can become constricted. This places pressure on the nerves and causes neurogenic claudication. A traumatic injury can also cause neurogenic claudication.

Conditions that Can Lead to Neurogenic Claudication

Individuals with neurogenic claudication will have trouble standing or walking for extended periods. Symptoms of the condition can start as mild but will typically become more severe once the underlying condition worsens. Some of the possible conditions that can cause neurogenic claudication include:

Disk degeneration

Over time, intervertebral discs can lose water content and elasticity. This can reduce the disk’s height and diminish the space that’s available for the nerve roots. It can also become possible for some of the bony elements of the spinal anatomy to come into contact with one another.


Trauma secondary to collision or fall has the potential to disrupt the spinal anatomy. Injury can either exacerbate existing degenerative conditions or directly produce symptoms.

Arthritis of the spine

The facet joints tend to wear down as you age. The joint degeneration can minimize the space available for adjacent nerve roots. It might also cause the vertebrae to rub against each other.

MicroTube Spine Surgery - Neurogenic Claudication

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Common Symptoms of Neurogenic Claudication

Symptoms of neurogenic claudication can include the following:

  • Tingling, cramping, and pain in the lower back
  • Tingling, cramping, and pain in one or both legs
  • Tingling, cramping, and pain in the buttocks or hips
  • Leg weakness
  • Discomfort
  • Tired feeling

The symptoms are more pronounced when walking or standing upright. It is typically relieved when sitting down or leaning forward.

How to Deal with Neurogenic Claudication

If you experience unexplained tingling or pain in the buttocks, legs, or lower back, it is recommended that you visit your doctor for a diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with neurogenic claudication, there is a huge possibility the symptoms can be managed using pain medication, exercise, and other conservative treatment options.

Many patients find short-term relief during the early stages when they stoop, sit, or bend forward at the waist. In mild cases, conservative treatment options like pain medication or an organized treatment program may be prescribed.

If weakness, tingling, and chronic pain persist after several months of conservative treatment, nerve decompression surgery may be considered.

Treatment Options for Neurogenic Claudication

Spinal stenosis can result in neurogenic claudication if the adjacent nerves are irritated. When there is an interruption of the neural function around or in the lower spine, the following symptoms may manifest:

  • Cramping or mild pain in the buttocks and lower back that can worsen over time.
  • Pins and needles feeling and tingling that travel from the lower back down to the buttocks and the thigh.
  • Weakness affecting specific muscle groups that are innervated by the nerve or nerves affected.
  • Bladder or bowel problems if the cauda equina is affected by the nerve compression.

MicroTube Spine Surgery Treatment Option for Neurogenic Claudication

Often, patients with neurogenic claudication will experience instant, albeit temporary, relief when they sit down or bend forward at the waist. Feelings of discomfort in the buttocks, thigh, calves, or lower back are relieved when the spine is stretched. This can be attributed to the fact the compressed nerve structures are given more space.

However, bending forward or sitting down won’t decompress an affected nerve root. This is especially true if the compression is caused by a degenerative spine condition caused by aging (i.e., arthritis of the spine or herniated disk).

Common symptoms of neurogenic claudication can include pain in the buttock regions, lower back pain, and pain in the legs or thighs. Neurogenic claudication can affect a patient’s ability to walk or stand up without pain. As a result, patients may try to sit down or lean forward to alleviate their symptoms. MicoTube Spine Surgery has a minimalistic approach and access to central canal stenosis, so the nerves’ space can be widened and decompressed through a partial laminectomy. Learn more about the benefits of MicroTube Spine Surgery by clicking here.