Neurogenic claudication is a posture related syndrome that is associated with spinal stenosis. Symptoms may include, pain in the leg that feels like cramping. Neurogenic claudication is the classic symptom of spinal stenosis.
Related: Flexion Bias
When neurogenic claudication (and other stenosis symptoms) get too disruptive to your life, your doctor may encourage surgery. This may help relieve pressure on your spinal cord and/or your nerve roots. But many surgeries are over-prescribed these days, and it's possible that with a willing attitude and the right physical therapist, you may be able to manage your pain conservatively.
Unfortunately, not many studies have been done on spinal stenosis treatment. And studies on non-operative spinal stenosis treatment are likely even rarer than those looking at surgical outcomes.
A 2011 review of studies published in Spine involving 1851 participants total found no moderate or high grade evidence for conservative treatment (i.e. exercise, medication, etc.) for spinal stenosis. This is not because these treatment types failed the test. It's because such studies have yet to be conducted.
Ammendolia C., et. al. Nonoperative treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis with neurogenic claudication: a systematic review.
Spine 2012 May 1. Accessed. Sept 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22158059