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Doctor insights on: Treating A Pinched Nerve In Back

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Is traction or acupuncture best for a pinched nerve in lower back?

Is traction or acupuncture best for a pinched nerve in lower back?

Traction/acupuncture: Great question: the real answer is nobody knows. They have never been compared head-to-head in any sort of controlled trial. They are both treatments that can be beneficial and i would suggest doing both of them. Consider epidurals too. When dealing with a pinched nerve, i think the most important thing is to know if there is nerve damage (an EMG will diagnose). If so, surgery is warrante. ...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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Could a pinched nerve in a neck cause numbness in the body and face?

Could a pinched nerve in a neck cause numbness in the body and face?

No: Pinched nerve in neck causes numbness and tingling in one or both arms depending on the side of pinching. The numbness on face and body suggests problem on the opposite side of brain. ...Read more

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Might a pinched nerve in neck heal itself?

Dr. Ki-Hon Lin Dr. Lin
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Might a pinched nerve in neck heal itself?

Pinched nerve: It is certainly possible for a pinched nerve to "heal." in many cases, pinched nerves are caused by herniated discs, and these can heal/resolve with time - once the herniated disc has resolved, the nerve is no longer pinched. ...Read more

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Is a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 C6 a serious condition? Is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? Please help

Is a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 C6 a serious condition? Is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? Please help

Outcome varies: If there is compression of one of the nerve roots it is sometimes equivalent to a "pinched nerve" . This type of physical compression of a nerve root can result in a radiculopathy. The outcome is variable. Sometimes over a period of days - weeks the radiculopathy will spontaneously improve. If you start noticing difficulty in pinching (weakness) of your thumb and index finger then check with MD. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve somewhere in the lumbar spine cause localized swelling in the leg?

Can a pinched nerve somewhere in the lumbar spine cause localized swelling in the leg?

Not at all: Localized swelling in a limb implies that there is a local inflammatory reaction going on or possibly a vascular block a pinched nerve, however, will cause pain, numbness, and tingling. Some people describe a feeling as if they were swollen but swelling does not actually occur in a localized area as you are describing. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in elbow cause pain in shoulder/shoulder blade area?

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Can a pinched nerve in elbow cause pain in shoulder/shoulder blade area?

No: A pinched nerve around the elbow will only cause problems from the elbow down to the fingers. However, the same symptoms often represent a pinched nerve in the neck, which can feel like a pinched nerve in the elbow. Many of these resolve on their own. If it persists, you can get it examined to get a clearer answer. ...Read more

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Docs, could a chiropractor help with a bone spur pinching the C5 nerve in my neck?

Docs, could a chiropractor help with a bone spur pinching the C5 nerve in my neck?

Possible: Many times conservative care can include chiropractic care. if you are not better soon (less than 10-15 treatments), then consider other options like a spine fellowship trained pain specialist. ...Read more

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What can cause a pinched nerve in back?

What can cause a pinched nerve in back?

USUALLY a disc: A 'pinched nerve' can be due to a 'bulging disc' or a 'bone spur' or a combination of both. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause a stroke?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause a stroke?

No: Strokes are caused by decreased blood flow to the brain or bleeding in the brain. A pinched nerve in the neck does not affect the brain. ...Read more

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Neurological symptom in the arm, and neck pain. Could it be a pinched nerve?

Yes: You are describing symptoms like radicular symptoms where a pinched nerve in the neck may cause pain and/or numbness/tingling in the arm/fingers. Your family md can help you work this out. ...Read more

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What causes a pinched nerve in your neck?

What causes a  pinched nerve in your neck?

Bone or cartilage: Most commonly, a pinched nerve in the spine is caused by a nerve being compressed by arthritic calcifications from the joint, or from cartilage that lines a joint, or from a slipped disc. Symptoms should be checked by your doctor as severe cases can lead to permanent damage to the nerve and muscles supplied by that nerve. ...Read more

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Could a pinched nerve in my back cause pain in my arms?

In neck, yes: Lower in back, it will not normally cause pain in your arms. The nerves running into the arms go down to your upper thoracic, or t1 range. Any nerves that are pinched below t1 near the spine will usually cause pain or irritation in ribs or back. Some peripheral nerves, such as the suprascapular nerve, could be pinched coming off scapula with referred pain into your arms. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Could a lumbar disc herniation cause tingling/throbbing sensations in the back and neck?

Could a lumbar disc herniation cause tingling/throbbing sensations in the back and neck?

Only in low back: Lumbar disc does not cause any neck symptoms. In the low back it can depending on which nerve roots it pinches in the back. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause pain and tingling in both arms/hands?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause pain and tingling in both arms/hands?

Pinched nerve : Tingling and numbness in the upper extremities is usually caused by pinched or compressed nerve as in pinched nerve in the neck, carpal tunnel syndrome and other conditions. Its more concerning when an MRI proven pinched nerve in the neck does this to both arms. This would need further investigation with nerve studies and a timely consultation with a spine surgeon. ...Read more

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Could a pinched nerve in my neck cause facial numbness?

Could a pinched nerve in my neck cause facial numbness?

Not likely: Not likely. The nerve that supplies sensation to the face is the trigeminal nerve. This is a cranial nerve that exits the skull base behind the eyes, so not related to any cervical nerve rootlets. It would be entirely abnormal to have numbness over the face from a pinched nerve in the neck. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a pinched nerve in shoulder blade?

What is the best treatment for a pinched nerve in shoulder blade?

ConservativeApproach: Pinch nerve is easy to diagnose by taking a comprehensive history and performing a physical examination. Usually conservative, reversible approach (pt, acupuncture, nsaids) will manage the condition. In many cases interventional pain procedure under fluoroscopy needs to be done. See pain management specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more