What is Neurogenic Claudication?
Neurogenic means being connected to the nervous system, and claudication is a term that means heaviness, weakness or leg pain in the legs when walking. Therefore, neurogenic claudication describes a spinal condition where there is intermittent leg pain stemming from a neurological cause. In this particular condition, the cause is spinal stenosis or impinged nerves branching out from the spinal cord. Dr. Sina Rajamand offers neurogenic claudication treatment in Reno, NV.
When other forms of claudication (for example, vascular claudication is caused by impaired blood flow to the legs) have been ruled out, and the cause is determined to be neurological, more specific types of investigations are warranted. Dr. Rajamand will typically use x-rays, CT and/or MRI imaging to pinpoint the exact location of the impingement and its cause.
Neurogenic claudication can be caused by numerous types of trauma or degenerative conditions where something is pressing on the spinal cord or nerves, causing the radiating pain to the legs and other symptoms, like heaviness or weakness. Some common causes like this include:
- Herniated disc
- Bone spurs
- Spinal trauma
- Spinal osteoarthritis
- Thickened ligaments
Spinal Decompression and Repair by a Skilled Reno Neurosurgeon
After determining the cause of the spinal impingement, Dr. Rajamand can recommend a surgical solution to bring relief. In cases of spinal impingement, some form of decompression surgery will be necessary. This may also require removing the source of the impingement if it is caused by a bone spur or piece of broken vertebrae.
In some cases, if spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal) is to blame for your neurogenic claudication, Dr. Rajamand may need to perform a laminectomy, laminotomy or laminoplasty. These procedures remove a portion of the affected vertebrae to create a wider channel for the spinal column. They are often combined with spinal fusion and fixation to add strength and stability to the spine.
Dr. Rajamand specializes in minimally-invasive neurosurgical procedures that pose reduced risks and allow for faster recovery for his patients. By using these techniques, he can perform intricate procedures with precision and accuracy, while using only a tiny incision to access the area of the impingement. Contact Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno to schedule a neurogenic claudication consultation with Dr. Sina Rajamand.