Spinal Stenosis Injuries and Workers’ CompensationDecember 27, 2018
Spinal stenosis is a common injury that can be caused by a range of factors, including genetics, wear and tear, and osteoarthritis. Stenosis refers to a narrowing of a passage in the body; as such, spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal.
Construction workers, warehouse workers, healthcare workers, and others who work in jobs that are physically demanding are at risk for spinal stenosis. If you suffer from spinal stenosis, or any other type of spinal injury, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Types of Spinal Stenosis
- Lumbar Stenosis: This affects the lower back, due to the nerve roots in that area becoming compressed. This can cause symptoms of sciatica, including tingling, weakness, or numbness, that can spread from the lower back to the legs and buttocks. This is the most common type of spinal stenosis.
- Cervical Spinal Stenosis: This condition causes pain in the neck as a result of the narrowing of the part of the spine near the neck. While less common, this is more serious, and can lead to significant weakness and even paralysis.
Common Causes of Spinal Stenosis
When the spinal canal shrinks from the 17 to 18 millimeters that it should be to 12 millimeters of less, this results in spinal stenosis.
There are a number of common causes of this condition, including:
- Congenital Stenosis: When someone is born with a narrow spinal canal, they are at greater risk for developing spinal stenosis, because the spinal canal tends to narrow with age.
- Degeneration: This is the most common cause of spinal stenosis. Workers who have physically demanding jobs impose a great deal of wear and tear on their bodies, and particularly their spines. As a result, things like collapsed discs, bone spurs, and damaged ligaments can all cause a narrowing of the spinal canal.
- Spinal Instability: This occurs when the bones within the spine move around more than they should. Too much heavy lifting can loosen the connective tissue, or cause ligaments to become stretched or torn, which can cause spinal stenosis.
- Disc Herniation: When a shock-absorbing disc ruptures, or becomes herniated, it can press against the spinal canal. This can cause symptoms of spinal stenosis.
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
If an injured worker is suffering from any of the following common symptoms, a physician will likely confirm a diagnosis of spinal stenosis by recommending an MRI or CT scan.
Symptoms may include the following:
- Numbness in the hand, arm, foot, or leg
- Neck pain
- Balancing issues and difficulty walking
- Weakness in the hand, arm, foot, or leg
- Numbness in the foot or leg
- Weakness in the foot or leg
- Back pain
- Leg pain or cramping after long periods of standing
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Workers with Spinal Injuries
If you suffer from spinal stenosis, or any other spinal injury related to your job, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will work closely with you to secure the maximum financial benefits you deserve for your injuries. Our dedicated team will address all your questions and concerns and ensure that your rights are protected at all times. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.