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Signs and Symptoms of "Intermittent Claudication" versus "Lumbar Spinal Stenosis"


Intermittent claudication is a medical term for increasing leg pain when walking. At rest there is no pain. It’s cause can be traced to clogged blood vessels in the legs or a severely narrowed spinal canal. Both conditions are common in the elderly. (Medical terminology differentiates Between vascular and spinal causes.)

Increasing backpain or leg pain which are relieved by sitting down or bending forward suggest a compression of the nerve roots in the lumbar spine.

For diagnosis it’s best to obtain an MRI of the lumbar spine and investigate the blood vessels of the lower limbs with vascular studies. Most the time both conditions can be effectively treated.

Our practice specializes in minimal invasive surgery of lumbar spinal stenosis.

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