Is Spinal Narrowing Causing Your Leg Pain?

Rory McKnight Chiropractor B.Sc. (Hons) AECC, M.Sc. (Chiro) AECC


used to love my morning walks. The sunrise, fresh air and gentle exercise brought me peace, but recently I started experiencing strange leg pain. At first, the pain was mild, but over time it became so severe, that it stopped me in my tracks. I tried to rest for a few weeks, but the pain would come back again and again.

Why did the pain come and go? And why did it feel better when walking uphill or using a shopping trolley? After researching and visiting my chiropractor, I learned I had neurogenic claudication, caused by spinal stenosis. This condition compresses the nerves in the lower back which can cause lower back and leg pain, which is relieved by bending forward, walking uphill or pushing a trolley.

In this article, we explain everything you need to know about nerve pain in the lower back and leg, and how to manage your symptoms with chiropractic treatment.

What is Neurogenic Claudication?

Neurogenic Claudication presents as pain down the leg when walking and affects the lower back.

It’s caused by spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spaces inside the backbone are too small (narrowing), and this puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves that travel through the spine. This narrowing compresses the nerves and reduces blood flow,