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Please tell me, could a pinched nerve cause fingers to lock?

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Dr. Lali Sekhon
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Yes: If the muscles in the arms or hand are weak, locking could occur.
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 36 years experience
Maybe: If you are referring to both hands then it would be unusual as cervical nerve root problems are usually unilateral. Other potential causes include carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow, or primary muscle disorders. A good history and physical exam can sort this out and determine if an EMG is necessary. Good luck and well wishes.

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Last updated May 16, 2016

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