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Can cervical spine root damage cause permanent paralysis in your entire body? From c1-c8? Can a pinched nerve in this area cause full body paralysis?

Can cervical spine root damage cause permanent paralysis in your entire body? From c1-c8? Can a pinched nerve in this area cause full body paralysis?

Not really.: Spinal CORD runs from brain down spine encased in column of vertebral bones. Spinal NERVE exits between bones providing movement and sensation to a very specific body area. Damage to NERVE can produce loss of function and sensation only in a local area. Damage to CORD can produce loss of function and sensation below the level of the injury. Injury above C4 paralyses respiration - often fatal ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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How to cure pinched nerve?

How to cure pinched nerve?

Usually no surgery: Most just get better with time. So anyone can claim a 90% success rate with their care as this is the natural history but lifestyle changes including exercise, smoking cessation and weight control are important especially in minimizing recurrences. Sometimes , physical therapy, activity modifications, medication and epidural steroid injections can be of benefit. ...Read more

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What to do for pinched nerve at 79?

What to do for pinched nerve at 79?

Depends: Pinched nerves can be safe ly treated at any age. The decision depends on many factors, severity, disablement, health status and failure of conservative treatment. Minimally invasive surgery can be quick, efficient and helpful. Evaluation critical. ...Read more

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How to know if I have pinched nerve?

See your doctor.: A pinched nerve can produce very painful symptoms. If you are concerned, visit your physician. They can order additional testing and imaging studies, such as an MRI, to help obtain a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What does a pinched nerve feel like?

What does a pinched nerve feel like?

variable symptoms: Patients can have varying degrees of pain, weakness, and/or numbness. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a pinched nerve?

How to know if I have a pinched nerve?

Need MRI: If you are concerned, i would consider asking your physician to order you an MRI to evaluate your spine. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?

What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?

None to multiple: This is typically a layman's term for a disc herniation. Most have no symptoms and are seen fairly frequently on imaging studies. Symptoms can range from pain in the spine , in the extremities, numbness, tingling, weakness & bowel/bladder problems . If at a thoracic or cervical level maybe gait, balance or spasticity issues as well as dexterity problems. This is known as a myleopathy. ...Read more

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