Many of us take for granted the ability to walk pain-free.
Neurogenic claudication is a painful syndrome because the nerves of the lumbar spine are compressed. Elite Medical Supply offers back brace solutions to help you take control of this discomfort.
What Are Common Symptoms of Neurogenic Claudication?
This syndrome produces several symptoms primarily while walking or standing upright. Discomfort is often experienced in the legs, buttocks, or hips, including:
Leg weakness, heaviness
Temporary relief from these issues may be found while stooping, sitting, or bending forward at the waist.
What Causes This Problem?
This syndrome is known by some equally intimidating names: neurogenic claudication, intermittent neurogenic claudication, and pseudoclaudication.
In many cases, spinal stenosis is the root cause. The spinal cord stretches down the back from the brain toward the tailbone, and it is protected by a flexible stack of bones called vertebrae.
The spinal cord passes through an opening in the center of each bone in the spinal column, and occasionally narrowing of these openings occurs. Known as stenosis, the narrowing puts pressure on nerves and generates radiating pain.
What Is Spinal Stenosis?
The openings through which the spinal cord passes may narrow due to problems such as:
Excess Bone Growth
Osteoarthritis and other conditions can trigger boney projections to grow. Known as bone spurs, these may protrude into the spinal canal, pressing against nerves, contributing to the narrowing.
Discs in the spinal column are comprised of a tough outer shell, the annulus, which protects a gel-like fluid called the nucleus pulposus. Due to aging, wear and tear, or injury, the disc may crack, bulge, or tear, causing the fluid to leak or protrude.
The protrusion from a herniated disc may push against a nerve root or cause inflammation in the region that irritates the nerve. Irritated nerves can cause shooting pains or numbness that radiate from the buttocks and down the legs.
Vertical 2-inch expansion range stretching from 5.1 to 7.9 inches using inflation
Use of decompression to expand intervertebral disc space, resulting in pain relief
Unloads weight-bearing pressure on the body from lower back to hip
Thin and lightweight design to allow positioning beneath clothing
Harmful movement restriction
Removable front and back panels to allow flexible recovery therapy options
Posterior panel provides coverage from the sacrococcygeal junction to the T-9 vertebra
Pain and discomfort from neurogenic claudication can severely impact everyday life. Ask your physician for treatment options, including our Elite Air Decompression LSO back brace. Contact us for more information and answers to your questions.