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do pinched nerves heal ?

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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Yes: However, it can be a slow process.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 29 years experience
Change with time: Does occur. Whether for better or worse depends on the cause of the pinching, if your behavior had anything to do with the pinching, for example, leaning down and picking something heavy off the ground, and you keep doing that, you won't get better. But if pinched nerve not due to something you did.. Changes occur over time & sometimes symptoms worsen, sometimes improve.

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