Chiari Malformation Injuries
Structural defects in the base of the skull and cerebellum (controls balance) are called Chiari malformations (CM) or cerebellar ectopia. Doctors were sure that CM was primarily caused by a congenital defect. In recent years however, studies show that there is a correlation between a traumatic incident and a symptomatic CM. One study conducted by The Taylor Law firm concluded that traumatic incidents that may cause CM include slip-and-fall or auto accidents.
In other words, the condition stays undetected with no symptoms until a traumatic episode awakens its symptoms. New research suggests that trauma may not only awaken the symptoms but can sometimes be the cause of the condition.