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I have lower back nerve damage from sports would electro acupuncture and therapy help my injury?

I have lower back nerve damage from sports would electro acupuncture and therapy help my injury?

Acupuncture w e-stim: Ensure that your injury has been properly worked up (ie. Orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, neurosurgeon). Talk with your physician about using acupuncture as an adjunct to your treatment. Acupuncture with electric stimulation is often effective to improve range of motion, and to decrease inflammation & pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Seven weeks ago doctor said I have a herniated disc in lower back .And sciatic nerve damage. I did theropy and it hurts worse now. No improvement?

Seven weeks ago doctor said I have a herniated disc in lower back .And sciatic nerve damage. I did theropy and it hurts worse now. No improvement?

Radiculopathy: Most herniated disks will get better on their own, however if the symptoms worsen after conservative treatment then other methods should be investigated. Surgery is an option when weakness, pain and sensory loss all correlate to the location of the disk herniation. Usually physical therapy, steroid injections and other methods are employed first. Seven weeks is not a long time. But try another way. ...Read more

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I have an itch but can't find it? Iv had 3 lower back operations and severe nerve damage down leg, could this be the reason ?

I have an itch but can't find it? Iv had 3 lower back operations and severe nerve damage  down leg, could this be the reason ?

Nerve damage: Injury to nerves can cause odd feeling such as burning or itching that is difficult to localize. Your 3 prior back operations could be related depending on the area (dermatome) that is itching and the levels of surgery. ...Read more

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I have pain in my lower back painful to lie on it if it's pressed etc could it be nerve damage had major bowel surgery 4 months ago?

I have pain in my lower back painful to lie on it if it's pressed etc could it be nerve damage had major bowel surgery 4 months ago?

Could be: Could also be due to muscle spasm, vertebral dysf., sacroiliac dysf, stretched/torn ligament in back, nerve injury/inflammation from a number of causes, or post-surgical scar adherent to back abdominal wall, to name a few.If pain is chronic &/or severe, a good history & physical by your dr. incl osteopathic hands-on exam may find cause.Care can be symptomatic-NSAIDS, heat, or manipulation, etc. ...Read more

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My middle back hurts a lot i never had this problem before? I do have inflamed nerve in neck and nerve damage lower back from sports....

My middle back hurts a lot i never had this problem before?  I do have inflamed nerve in neck and nerve damage lower back from sports....

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... Neck and low back pain can cause radiating pain as well. Please see a pain specialist for evaluation. You might benefit from therapy. ...Read more

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I broke my tailbone and lower back; could this cause sciatic nerve damage?

I broke my tailbone and lower back; could this cause sciatic nerve damage?

Possibly: If you use the term sciatic nerve to mean nerve root damage, it depends upon the type of fracture. Sciatic nerve damage would depend upon the location of the fracture as well. You doctor can tell based upon your symptoms, exam, and the images. ...Read more

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Can neurophathy emg test in lower back tell you if you have upper body or hand nerve damage as well?

Can neurophathy emg test in lower back tell you if you have upper body or hand nerve damage as well?

No: Emg of muscles in your low back and legs looks only at the lumbar roots, while nerve conduction studies (ncs) check nerves in your legs & feet. To check the cervical nerve roots in your neck you would need EMG of the muscles in your arms and hands, and possibly muscles in your neck. To check nerves in your arms and hands (carpal tunnel), you would need ncs of the arms and hands. ...Read more

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Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


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