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Can a pinched nerve behind the knee cause the medial head of the gastrocnemius to stick out? The medial head sticks out in a straight line, very hard.

Can a pinched nerve behind the knee cause the medial head of the gastrocnemius to stick out? The medial head sticks out in a straight line, very hard.

Be systematic: Nerves generally don't get "pinched" in the popliteal fossa. In any case, a "pinched" nerve would likely cause weakness of a muscle, not hardness or spasm. Baker's cysts, which occur in the popliteal fossa, usually aren't hard like bone. Something that feels hard is likely to be bone. So maybe something bony deep to the muscle is pushing it backward/outward. See a doctor and have it examined. ...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


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How do I relieve a pinched nerve behind the knee? 1 mo. ago I drove a moving truck for 11 hrs, with only 3-4 breaks. Pain still felt upon compression

How do I relieve a pinched nerve behind the knee?  1 mo. ago I drove a moving truck for 11 hrs, with only 3-4 breaks. Pain still felt upon compression

Are you sure?: Are you sure it is a pinched nerve? I would be more worried about a deep venous thrombosis. I think it would be a good idea to be checked for that. You would need to see your doctor and might need to have some tests like a sonogram. The consequences of missing a DVT could be death in the worst case, so worth checking. ...Read more

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What are synptoms of a pinched nerve in the knee?

What are synptoms of a pinched nerve in the knee?

Pinched Nerve: in the knee can be pain, burning etc. There are very few nerves that can get pinched at the knee, so likely something else is going on. I would also suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further and determine what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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I fell on my knee a week ago and it's now numb from the knee down. So if it's a pinched nerve ho do we fix it?

I fell on my knee a week ago and it's now numb from the knee down. So if it's a pinched nerve ho do we fix it?

Numbness: Is not the end of the world, but of course it is not normal. Falling directly on the knee can injury the nerves running below the knee cap as well as a nerve along the inside of the knee. I would not expect the whole leg to be numb below the knee, but more like a patch or isolated area. Nerves heal, but it takes time. As long as there is no weakness or instability of the knee, time will heal. ...Read more

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Will a pinched nerve in the back cause pain and swelling in the knee?

Will a pinched nerve in the back cause pain and swelling in the knee?

Knee and spine: No but low back related weakness and proprioception problems around the knee joint can exaggerate and accelerate the wear and tear that a knee endures, and sometimes is a fundamental aggravating, causative factor. ...Read more

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Pinched nerve in back causing pain in leg and knee. What can I do at home?

Pinched nerve in back causing pain in leg and knee. What can I do at home?

Rest, nsaids: In order to alleviate the symptoms of a lumbar radiculopathy, the use of rest and nsaids is most important. If symptoms persist, the use of physical therapy and sometimes a steroid pack can also be helpful. ...Read more

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I usually get my pinched nerve on my left leg and lately I have been feeling in on my other leg (knees down)? Could this be my pinchenerve?

I usually get my pinched nerve on my left leg and lately I have been feeling in on my other leg (knees down)? Could this be my pinchenerve?

Different nerve: If you are having problems in the other leg, it would have to be a different "pinched" nerve. However, some rather large, central disc herniations or bilateral narrowing can cause problems on both sides. ...Read more

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I had asked this question before, spine dr. Says he think surgery will not help.Knee dr. Says go to neruologist, emg says pinched nerve, hernatied disk.

I had asked this question before, spine dr. Says he think surgery will not help.Knee dr. Says go to neruologist, emg says pinched nerve, hernatied disk.

Clinical conffusion: Sort out wiith diagnostic injections knee and spine intrarticular Marcaine will rule in or out knee as pain generator then do selective nerveroot block of epsilateral L4 nerve root if MRI is abnormal no surgery umtil pain generator is confirmed by a sucessful injection if that doesnt work then to pain management for empiric treatment of unknown pain . The or is no place to clear up clinical confus. ...Read more

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What can I do for a pinched nerve I have on my lower back? It also goes down my right leg towards the back right above the knee.

What can I do for a pinched nerve I have on my lower back? It also goes down my right leg towards the back right above the knee.

Sciatica: Low back, buttock and "shooting" leg pain are all symptoms of a pinched nerve. It sounds like you may have that problem. If the pain is severe and limiting your activity still, the best non-narcotic medications that I have found to work for my patients are antiinflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen which are over-the-counter medications. Other non-narcotic medications include tramadol (ultram) which requires a prescription and nerve-pain medications such as gabapentin. These are all to be taken for temporary pain relief. This type of pain typically resolves with time. Ask your primary physician about these if the pain is still limiting you. If it is still going on for more than a month an MRI may be helpful to help sort out what is going on and there could be other potential treatments outside of surgery that could benefit you. ...Read more

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