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Can a pinched nerve cause paralysis

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lali Sekhon
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Yes: If pinching is severe enough paralysis can occur. If there is weakness in an arm or leg you need the advice of a surgeon.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Yes: That is correct. The muscles connected to the damaged nerves will not work correctly, or will not work at all. Other nerves that are undamaged will co... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Not really.: Spinal CORD runs from brain down spine encased in column of vertebral bones. Spinal NERVE exits between bones providing movement and sensation to a v... Read More
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Nerve root or cord?: Nerve root no, spinal cord yes a spinal cord injury at this level would spare arms but paralyze the rest including bowl and bladder and sensation if c... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
There is always that: chance that nerve compression can led to permanent changes -that can occur with a. Acute or sudden onset or in a chronic setting but it is not the usu... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Clarification: First, would not recommend chiropractor. Secondly, not clear to me that you truly have "pinched nerve in the spine". Thirdly, spine problems do not ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
No: A single pinched nerve may cause weakness in the distribution of that nerve only. Hemiparesis=weakness on half the body should be caused by something... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 25 years experience
Numb leg: Yes! sharp pain in a lower extremity due to nerve compression can cause this. Relieve by squatting down to flex the lumbar spine. Usually, anti-inflam... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Kam
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: Any discomfort in the body can make a person worries and feels light headed. Start with your primary care doctor!
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas A. McNally
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 27 years experience
Not usually: Pinched nerves follow a specific pathway of pain in what is called a dermatome. These are isolated and well mapped in human anatomy. A pinched nerve u... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Specializes in Dentistry
The right nerve: yes: While i'm not sure of the context of your question, a pinched tooth nerve will cause all sorts of tooth pain and sometimes numbness to a tooth. A comm... Read More
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