Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
137 Doctors are Online

Neck pain, lost mobility of arms and legs. What could this be?

my dad was working construction and all of a sudden his neck hurt and his drill got so heavy he dropped it. With in an hour he lost all mobility of both arms and legs. He has regained mobility as far as moving his legs and right arm, but he cannot stand, sit up or feed himself on his own. What could this be? Doctors took MRI , CT scan and x rays. They have ruled out stroke .
Asked On : Sun, 5 Aug 2012
Answers:  1 Views:  26
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics
Spine Surgeon 's  Response
Thank you for your question.

From the symptoms you have described I strongly feel it is a manifestation of cervical stenosis and myelopathy. What stenosis means is the vertebral canal in the neck that contains spinal cord is narrowed. It happens due to age related changes in spine in some people. When there is even trivial trauma to the neck the spinal canal can not move freely in already narrowed canal and gets compressed leading to weakness in arms and legs. Some recovery is seen most of the times and may continue for months.

MRI of the cervical spine (neck) is recommended and consultation with a spine surgeon.

Please let me know if I can be of any help.
Answered: Fri, 23 Aug 2013
I find this answer helpful

1 Doctor agrees with this answer

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor