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Dr. Chintan Sampat Dr. Sampat
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
14 years in practice
Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School
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Does a pinched nerve in upper back cause pain and weakness in both legs?

Does a pinched nerve in upper back cause pain and weakness in both legs?

Spinal cord symptoms: A "pinched nerve" in the upper back can indicate possible compression of the spinal cord. This can lead to pain, numbness, difficulty with balance, bowel/bladder issues, and weakness in the lower extremities. This type of disease may be quite serious and should be evaluated by a physician. ...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


Dr. Luis Villaplana Dr. Villaplana
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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I have an ache in my upper back. Is it a pinched nerve?

I have an ache in my upper back. Is it a pinched nerve?

IF YOU ARE: Having numbness or tingling down to one of your arms, yes it is possible. ...Read more

Dr. Lali Sekhon Dr. Sekhon
Neurosurgery
28 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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Pinched nerve upper back near shoulder blade, what to do?

Pinched nerve upper back near shoulder blade, what to do?

Therapy: It's probably not a true pinched nerve. If its muscular start with physical therapy. If it persists seeing a pain specialist or spine surgeon for evaluation and potential trigger point injections etc etc may help. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Tromanhauser Dr. Tromanhauser
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
31 years in practice
Albany Medical College
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I have a pinched nerve in my upper back neck and shoulder right side what should I do?

I have a pinched nerve in my upper back neck and shoulder right side what should I do?

You need evaluation: You can try heat or ice. If it hurts to move your shoulder it could be a problem there. If it's bad enough, see your pcp or a spine physiatrist. There are a number of treatments short of surgery, such as physical therapy, chiropractic manipulations, and injections. If these fail, surgery may be indicated in which case seek the care of a fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Zachariah George Dr. George
Neurosurgery
11 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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What to do if I have horrible back pain in my upper back, does it cound like a pinched nerve?

What to do if I have horrible back pain in my upper back, does it cound like a pinched nerve?

Perhaps...: Pinched nerves usually cause pain mostly but can also cause weakness and changes in sensation. When a 'pinched nerve' is in the cervical spine, these symptoms usually affect the arms, in the thoracic spine it wraps around the chest and abdomen, in lumbar spine it affects the legs. These may or may not be associated with some back pain. If your pain is horrible then you need to be seen and eval. ...Read more

Dr. David Lipkin Dr. Lipkin
Internal Medicine
48 years in practice
Howard University College of Medicine
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Having middle/upper back numbness on the left side. Comes and goes. Feels extremely uncomfortable when i bend over. Could it be a pinched nerve?

Having middle/upper back numbness on the left side. Comes and goes. Feels extremely uncomfortable when i bend over. Could it be a pinched nerve?

Yes: It's possible the numbness may be from compression of a nerve. The nerves that leave the spinal cord divide into branches. The compression can occur at the point where the nerve leaves the spinal cord or further on down in one of the branches. I suspect in your case it's one of the local branches. If so it's likely to be temporary. You can try an over the counter pain reliever.If it persists see Dr. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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Pinched nerve in my lower back, for 3 month now. Been working out, My numbness in upper back has increased severely why is this? & how can I recover?

Pinched nerve in my lower back, for 3 month now. Been working out, My numbness in upper back has increased severely why is this? & how can I recover?

Nerve impingement: can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. See your dentist for tooth pain. ...Read more

Dr. James Goodrich Dr. Goodrich
Neurosurgery
37 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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What would the doctors do if you had a pinched nerve in your upper back?

Pinched nerve: The first treatment is usually physical therapy and pain medications. If no weakness this would be the treatment of choice. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz Dr. Franz
Pediatrics
years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I have an ache in my upper back and a corresponding headache. Could it be a pinched nerve?

Could be: And it could be just lots of tension. Nerve pain is often tingling or radiating and feels worse with massage. If massage does not worsen consider having a massage to loosen and relax. If massage worsens, make an appointment. I would highly recommend acupuncture as i get fabulous results with such pain with acupuncture and chinese medicine. ...Read more

Dr. Chukwuka Okafor Dr. Okafor
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
12 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Dr. Donald Colantino Dr. Colantino
Internal Medicine
57 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Can a pinched nerve in the upper back or neck cause back and shoulder pain when eating?

Can a pinched nerve in the upper back or neck cause back and shoulder pain when eating?

Unusual: Pinched nerves are usually affected by motion or position but not usually by the act of eating per se. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis Dr. Lewis
Neurosurgery
31 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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What can I do if i think I have a pinched nerve in my upper back in between my shoulder blades that radiating pain in my back, neck, &in shoulder socket?

What can I do if i think I have a pinched nerve in my upper back in between my shoulder blades that radiating pain in my back, neck, &in shoulder socket?

Upper back pain: The pain that you describe could be from a pinched nerve but it could also be from muscles or tendons that are inflamed or injured. For example, the attachment of the rib head to the spine can be malpositioned and create the pain you describe. It is important to be evaluated by a neurosurgeon or spine surgeon to determine the cause of the pain so that a proper treatment can be initiated. ...Read more

Dr. Donald McCarren Dr. McCarren
Neurology
32 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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What are the synptoms of a pinched nerve in the right upper back..Also whete to go chiropractor or doctor.?

What are the synptoms of a pinched  nerve in the right upper  back..Also whete to go chiropractor or doctor.?

Pain, numb, weak: A pinched nerve in the neck (cervical radiculopathy) causes pain, paresthesias, numbness, and/or weakness. The radiation pattern is dependent upon which nerve root is being entrapped. For instance, a c5 radiculopathy can present as neck pain with radiation into the medial scapular border and deltoid. It would rarely go below the elbow. Being a doctor I am a bit biased but would rec a doc. ...Read more

Dr. James Cole Dr. Cole
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
28 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Pain in my neck, and upper back. I get a tingly sensation in my neck/hand. Last night i had a brief but mild throb by my armpit.Pinched nerve?Thanks

Pain in my neck, and upper back. I get a tingly sensation in my neck/hand. Last night i had a brief but mild throb by my armpit.Pinched nerve?Thanks

Can be: Sometimes the c8 root will give symptoms like this. Just need to see specialist to get a more detailed question and answer session and exam. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren Dr. Jaren
Neurology
15 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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There's no pain, but once in awhile a tingling sensation in the elbow, ring/pinky& lil in shoulder blade. Pinch nerve? ulnar nerve problem? treatment?

Could be correct: Depending on where the symptoms radiate, pinched nerve at the elbow makes sense. If this is mild, avoiding resting the elbow on flat surfaces or protecting the elbow can help. http://www.neurocuro.com/peripheral-nerve-entrapment/ ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bolesta Dr. Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
36 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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How to relieve and take pressure a pinch nerve upper back and lower back at home?

How to relieve and take pressure a pinch nerve upper back and lower back at home?

Several options: It may respond to over the counter pain relievers (follow the package instructions and make sure you do not have a condition or take other things that might make them unsafe). Heat and cold may help. You can find back exercises on line, but you may benefit from a few sessions with a physical therapist, who can show you good technique in a home program. Regular aerobic exercise is very good too. ...Read more

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Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Can a lower back pinched nerve be corrected with physical therapy. ?

PT for LBP.: It's not a cure for a pinched nerve, of course, but physical therapy may help your body function with it better. Always a good first step in the management of a pinched nerve, and for lower back pain in general. ...Read more

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Dr. Bert Liang Dr. Liang
Neurology
years in practice
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I have a pinched nerve in my lower back can this be taken care of in physical therapy?

I have a pinched nerve in my lower back can this be taken care of in physical therapy?

Depends: The determination of whether a compromised nerve can be treated with PT or other intervention (surgery) depends on the degree and type of issue causing symptoms. It seems that the best thing you can do is to speak with your physician to go over your test results in detail in order to make an educated decision. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling Dr. Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
36 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Can upper back pinch nerve paralyze arms and legs if untreated?How long does it take if so?

Can upper back pinch nerve paralyze arms and legs if untreated?How long does it take if so?

It is possible but: It would have to be a massive central disc herniation especially if the spinal canal is stenotic or smaller than normal. This can be immediate or over a variable period of time especially if it creates a condition known as a myleopathy with changes occuring in the spinal cord which can take weeks, to months or years. ...Read more