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is spinal stenosis a disability

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: One can have such a degree of spinal stenosis such that they would be disabled. There may be surgical correction to rid one of the disability. I wo ... Read More

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Married v stenosis: Spinal stenosis is found in 20% of the population by age 60. For this diagnosis in the lumbar spine alone , it would be very unusual to get disabilit ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience Pain Management
Spinal stenosis: Well how about it? Apply and see. Remember - if there is no evidence of disability you will be denied. Just having an MRI that shows stenosis and comp ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Beasley
19 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: Cervical spinal stenosis can be a valid reason to apply for disability if it is severe and causes disabling symptoms--like severe pain or weakness of ... Read More
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Dr. Steven Simon
37 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Pressure on cord: Imagine an hour glass with wide base and narrow center. Now consider that the spinal cord rests in a wide canal with ample room. But bulging discs, bo ... Read More
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Dr. Myles Greenberg
27 years experience Emergency Medicine
Spinal narrowing: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal (which contains the spinal cord and nerves) caused by enlargement of the surrounding ligaments and ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roger Frankel
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Spine surgeon: Whether or not you need surgery, an experienced neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon is the best resource to educate you in the treatment options ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katharine Garnier
32 years experience Family Medicine
Several things: Spinal stenosis can be congenital but is also acquired with aging, or trauma, by either arthritis, herniated discs or even vertebral collapse as peopl ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
You can't: The size of the canal is inherited. The secondary degenerative leading to further narrowing is also linked to genetics. You may be able to reduce this ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kent
11 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
It can be very: Painful. It is a decrease in space in the spinal canal which then impends on your spinal cord and/or nerve roots. It can be painful, which may decreas ... Read More

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