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herniated intervertebral disk compresses a spinal nerve root

A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Radiculopathy: Usually symptoms of pain, numbness, or weakness along the distribution of the nerve being compressed; if it is in the neck it goes into the arm, in th ... Read More

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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tso Chen
Dr. Tso Chen answered
15 years experience in Internal Medicine
MRI: You likely will need a MRI of the neck spine after an initial evaluation with your doctor. Sometimes, a nerve conduction test may also be needed if t ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
27 years experience in Neurosurgery
Conjoined nerve root: A conjoined nerve root is a congenital condition. It cannot be acquired from surgery. It does make surgery more difficult and the patient may be mor ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
24 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: The herniated disc can compress the nerve.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Numbness: The dorsal (posterior, toward the back) root carries sensation nerve fibers: feeling of light touch, vibration, sense of position (movement or where t ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
29 years experience in Diagnostic Radiology
Atrophy or wasting.: When a muscle is denervated, it atrophies or 'shrivels up'. This is why patients who had polio have small paralyzed limbs in the effected distribution ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes: Through small side openings on either side of the spinal canal called foramen--2 at every level of the spine--right and left.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
24 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Loss of sensation: Destruction of the dorsal root ganglion would interrupt the sensory pathway of that particular nerve - therefore, one would be expected to have numbne ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chintan Sampat
17 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Lets you feel things: The nerve root has 2 "ganglions". The dorsal root is on the posterior side of the nerve (closer to your back) and carries the fibers that allow you t ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
motor loss: The ventral root of the spinal nerve carries the motor fibers, where the dorsal root carries the sensory fibers. So if the ventral root of a nerve wa ... Read More

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