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Is it possible for a work injury to result in spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Troy Ross
Occupational Medicine

In brief: It's unlikely

Spinal stenosis can be congenital (with you from birth) or acquired after years of arthritis build up around where the nerves travel.
For a work injury to cause that would take both a significant injury and years of time for the problem to develop.

In brief: It's unlikely

Spinal stenosis can be congenital (with you from birth) or acquired after years of arthritis build up around where the nerves travel.
For a work injury to cause that would take both a significant injury and years of time for the problem to develop.
Dr. Troy Ross
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Yes

Spinal stenosis can be acquired through a spine fracture or disc herniation or due to instability or even due to accelerated degenerative changes as a consequence of the injury or it's surgical treatment in terms of a fusion leading to adjacent level issues that may include spinal stenosis developing over time.

In brief: Yes

Spinal stenosis can be acquired through a spine fracture or disc herniation or due to instability or even due to accelerated degenerative changes as a consequence of the injury or it's surgical treatment in terms of a fusion leading to adjacent level issues that may include spinal stenosis developing over time.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Family Medicine

In brief: Eventually

Spinal stenosis is a usually chronic problem. Unless you had a severe vertebral crush injury.
It can be congenital and make it easier to have a painful injury at work or during athletic activity. It can also gradually develop if an injury impairs your ability to move normally over time. Rehab depends on the severity of the injury and the guidance of the doctor in charge of your care.

In brief: Eventually

Spinal stenosis is a usually chronic problem. Unless you had a severe vertebral crush injury.
It can be congenital and make it easier to have a painful injury at work or during athletic activity. It can also gradually develop if an injury impairs your ability to move normally over time. Rehab depends on the severity of the injury and the guidance of the doctor in charge of your care.
Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Dr. Thomas Byrnes
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