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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain
Question: what is the effects of a fracture
|viciokie - Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:46 pm||
What is the possible effects of fracturing the neck vertebrae from the top to number 7? Reason i ask is i did that in a work accident 2 years ago and i keep running into new things it seems that come from that accident. Also can a balance nerve be covered by bone during the healing process? I have a severe balance problem when exposed to noise and vibrations and it was suggested that a nerve might have been covered up during healing. If that is the case can that be fixed and how difficult is it?
|Tom Plamondon PA-C - Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:47 am||
To best view a cervical fracture both old or new, I would suggest a CT scan of the neck.
Regarding imbalance: yes narrowing (stenosis) of the central spinal canal in the neck can cause imbalance - stenosis if present will show up on CT scan.
Other consideration for imbalance include inner ear syndromes: benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere's disease and vestibular neuronitis. Central nervous system problems (e.g. stroke or tumor) can cause imbalance but generally cause other neurological signs.
For a full evaluation especially to diagnose properly the imbalance cause, see a physician...but a CT scan of the cervical spine (and perhaps the head) is due considering history of a work accident.
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