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What happens if the dorsal root of a spinal nerve is damaged?

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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Pain, burning: The dorsal root ganglion is a very sensitive part of the nerve origin and may be damaged. It results in severe pain, burning, tingling, numbness, and weird sensations such as a feeling of bugs crawling upon the extremities (called paresthesias).
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
It may create: Neuropathic pain as this is in the vicinity of the dorsal root ganglion and may affect that nerve's functional distribution as well depending on what type of overlap or cross innervation that may be in that individual.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the function of the dorsal root of the spinal nerve?

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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
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 to feel things in your extremities (for example: pain, temperature, vibration). The information is transmitted to your brain so you understand what type of sensation is being encountered by the extremity.

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