What is Spinal Stenosis with respect to a Car Accident?
Spinal Stenosis is simply a narrowing of spaces in the spine (backbone) that results in pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. This disorder usually involves the narrowing of one or more of three areas of the spine: (1) the canal in the center of the column of bones (vertebral or spinal column) through which the spinal cord and nerve roots run, (2) the canals at the base or roots of nerves branching out from the spinal cord, or (3) the openings between vertebrae (bones of the spine) through which nerves leave the spine and go to other parts of the body. The narrowing may involve a small or large area of the spine. Pressure on the lower part of the spinal cord or on nerve roots branching out from that area may give rise to pain or numbness in the legs. Pressure on the upper part of the spinal cord (that is, the neck area) may produce similar symptoms in the shoulders, or even the legs.
How does Spinal Stenosis Happen After a Car Crash?
Spinal Stenosis can result from a motor vehicle collision. In addition, a car wreck can cause an aggravation to a person who has mild spinal stenosis before an accident without symptoms. In Champaign Urbana, Koester & Bradley is experienced in handling auto accident cases resulting in spinal stenosis and is here to help with your claim.