A 29-year-old member asked:
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can one get permanent disability for spinal stenosis?

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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 would hope you are looking at the positive side of this and to remain not disabled.
Answered on May 13, 2018
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Possible : This depends on how physically impaired in terms of physical findings more with cervical levels leading to a myleopathy(dexterity/balance/spasticity) or radicular symptoms or findings of weakness/numbness or restricted by pain. This may also be true for the lower back but you most likely would be ok with a sitting occupation if dealing with lumbar stenosis requiring little standing/walking.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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