Neurogenic intermittent claudication is a clinical name for the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis.
It’s more easily understood when broken down:
The intermittent claudication associated with lumbar spinal stenosis can cause one or more of these sensations radiating from the lower back into the legs:
Leg pain or neurogenic intermittent claudication often develops because of a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine. Pinched nerves can occur as a result of degenerative or age-related changes to the spine such as the following:
There are various ways to treat the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis (otherwise known as neurogenic intermittent claudication). Treatment often depends on your level of pain. You may want to discuss one or all of the following options with your doctor:
Your doctor may refer to your leg pain as radiculopathy or sciatica. Although these symptoms share many of the same characteristics as neurogenic intermittent claudication, neurogenic intermittent claudication differs because it primarily occurs when you're standing straight or walking, making it intermittent in nature.
Radiculopathy and sciatica aren’t always caused by lumbar spinal stenosis, whereas neurogenic intermittent claudication is always associated with lumbar spinal stenosis.
There are other conditions, like vascular claudication, that are sometimes confused with neurogenic intermittent claudication because the symptoms are similar.
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