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Sturgis, SD
A 34-year-old female asked:

Could a c4-c5 &c5c6 disc herniation cause parethesia in face, head arms and legs? what is treatment for this?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
No: Cervical disc herniations result in pain radiating into the arms with the nerve roots arising from the spinal cord. Sometime may result in body tingling. Facial pain, numbness and tingling are a result on cranial nerves that arise directly from the brain . At this time i would recommend that you see a pcp to begin an evaluation to establish the correct diagnosis and then a correct treatment plan.
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Dr. Paul Gause
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine 21 years experience
Arms and legs, maybe: The head and face are innervated by nerves that exit the skull directly, and do not course through the spine. For this reason, head and facial parasthesias could not be caused by disc herniations. Disc herniations can cause nerve compression which could lead to arm symptoms, and spinal cord compression which could lead to arm and leg symptoms. You should see a spine surgeon to discus treatment.
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Last updated Dec 9, 2013


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