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Can a pinched nerve cause paralysis

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lali Sekhon
Neurosurgery 32 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 33 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
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 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
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 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
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Bell's palsy...: ...usually is not due to a "pinched" nerve at all. The usual cause of Bell's palsy is a herpes infection (herpes simplex virus type 1, i.e. HSV1) invo... Read More
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 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
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 27 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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lali Sekhon
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Yes: If the muscles in the arms or hand are weak, locking could occur.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 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
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Kam
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 36 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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