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Please tell me, could a pinched nerve cause paralysis?

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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:

If you have a pinched nerve in the upper spine and it causes permanent paralysis, is the paralysis only in the location the nerve attaches to?

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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 continue to send signals to their muscles, and keep them moving properly. However, muscles work together as groups of muscles. That means weakness or paralysis in a few muscles can make a limb malfunction even if other muscles in the limb are working.

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Last updated Apr 17, 2017

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