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Can you get cervical spinal stenosis from a fall?

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Yes, sort of

If you fractured or dislocated your spine or caused a disc to herniate, then yes.
These would likely require severe trauma. Otherwise, if MRI or ct shows congenital (from birth) or acquired (degenerative) stenosis, this is not trauma or fall related. Not to say a fall in the presence of stenosis couldn't cause the onset of symptoms or even (rare) paralysis.

In brief: Yes, sort of

If you fractured or dislocated your spine or caused a disc to herniate, then yes.
These would likely require severe trauma. Otherwise, if MRI or ct shows congenital (from birth) or acquired (degenerative) stenosis, this is not trauma or fall related. Not to say a fall in the presence of stenosis couldn't cause the onset of symptoms or even (rare) paralysis.
Dr. Douglas Linville II
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: No

While a fall can break a bone or cause a ruptured disk in the neck, potentially narrowing the canal, technically that is not considered stenosis.
Stenosis can be genetic (inherited). The size of the channel containing the cord varies from person to person. Those born with narrow canals may not have symptoms till they have an injury or have arthritis that further narrows the channel.

In brief: No

While a fall can break a bone or cause a ruptured disk in the neck, potentially narrowing the canal, technically that is not considered stenosis.
Stenosis can be genetic (inherited). The size of the channel containing the cord varies from person to person. Those born with narrow canals may not have symptoms till they have an injury or have arthritis that further narrows the channel.
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