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Spinal Stenosis Increases Bodily Injury

Spinal Stenosis Increases Bodily Injury




Image Compliments of Medical Legal Art via The Doe Report (www.doereport.com). Copyright © 2010 Medical Legal Art, All rights reserved. A research study was published following a group of patients that suffered traumatic cervical spine injury. These patients were compared to a group of healthy individuals. They were specifically looking at the diameter of the spinal canal, specifically spinal stenosis and neurological symptoms. Debois, Herz, Berghmans, Hermans, and Herregodts (1999) stated, “Results from this study strongly suggest that the degree and severity of neurologic symptoms accompanying cervical disc herniation are inversely related to the sagittal diameter and the area of the bony cervical spinal canal”(p. 1996). In other words, spinal stenosis, whether acquired or congenital (present at birth), resulted in further injury as compared to those patients that had spinal canals of normal diameter. When evaluating the traumatically injured, conditions that are present in the spine can cause increased injury with less trauma than would be required to cause injury in a healthy individual. It is important to correlate all findings to the client’s bodily injury and persistent functional losses.



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Reference:

Debois, V., Herz, R., Berghmans, D., Hermans, B., & Herregodts, P. (1999). Soft cervical disc herniation. Influence of cervical spinal canal measurements on development of neurologic symptoms. Spine, 24(19), 1996-2002.

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