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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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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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What can I do relieve my pinched nerve in my neck?

What can I do relieve my pinched nerve in my neck?

Pinched nerve: Consult an orthopedic specialist for workup & tx recommendations. ...Read more

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What can I do for a pinched nerve, im a littlw over 26 week's pregnant?

What can I do for a pinched nerve, im a littlw over 26 week's pregnant?

Sciatica: Due to the extra weight that put strain on your back. The good news, it is a temporary problem. The rule of thumb, never take medication, use alternative medicine or perform exercises without consulting with your physician. ...Read more

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What can I do to cure a pinched nerve?

What can I do to cure a pinched nerve?

Time, medication...: Time is the biggest factor as most disc problems resolve. Activity modification, traction, wearing a support, exercise/physical therapy, medication & epidural steroid injections are options. Regular exercise and smoking cessation play a role in maintaining a healthy spine. In 10% of disc herniations, surgery indicated with 90% success rate in a non smoker assuming this is due to a disc issue ...Read more

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What can I do for pinched nerve in left leg causing hip and leg to go numb?

What can I do for pinched nerve in left leg causing hip and leg to go numb?

Epidural Block: A very frequently used technique used for this condition. Vist your pain doctor for a proper evaluation and see if you qualify. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of this pinched nerve in my neck/right shoulder blade?

What can I do to get rid of this pinched nerve in my neck/right shoulder blade?

Physical therapy.: Don't know if you tried physical therapy. The nerve may be pinched in the shoulder region, or in the neck. You may benefit from cervical traction, and manual therapy. ...Read more

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What can I do to for a pinched siatic nerve?

What can I do to for a pinched siatic nerve?

See your doctor: See your doctor. He/she will listen to you, examine you and possibly do some tests. He/she will probably prescribe medication for pain, physical therapy for exercises and stretching and possibly a referral for surgical intervention. ...Read more

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What to do for a pinched nerve in neck?

Trickey: If you have a definate diagnosis either by MRI and emg, then ask your pcp to refer you to an interventional pain doctor. Epidural steroid injection may be very helpful. ...Read more

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What can u do for a pinched nerve in your leg?

What can u do for a pinched nerve in your leg?

Inactivity: Having your hips flexed in the seated position for an extended period of time can cause your psoas muscle to spasm. You can reduce that spasm by stretching the psoas(ie lunges) and the hamstrings. If driving long distances, try stretching for 5-10 minutes every 2-4 hrs. ...Read more

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What do you do for a pinched nerve in the hip or thigh area?

What do you do for a pinched nerve in the hip or thigh area?

Piriformis: Lumbosacral disc disease can cause pain that radiates into the buttock and down the leg. Compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle in the butt cheek can do the same but pain rarely goes below the knee. There are exercises that help stretch the muscle to take pressure off the nerve. If pain radiate to the foot, see a doctor. Pain can radiate form the hip to knee if tfl is tight. Pt. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a pinched nerve to heal?

Depends: A pinched nerve has an etiologic factor, a reason. It could be trauma or bad posture or even muscle contraction. If the etiologic factor is controlled, healing happens over weeks, depending on your age, nutrition and even if you are under stress or not or sleeping well or not. ...Read more

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How long should it take for a pinched nerve to heal ?

How long should it take for a pinched nerve to heal ?

"Pinched nerve": Depending on the circumstances, the prognosis (outlook) is better in the teenage population. Avoiding aggravating factors and re-injury are key in the healing process. Tobacco use is associated with a poorer prognosis. It can take a few weeks to months. A positive outlook, proportionate body weight, drinking adequate amount of water and a healthy diet will not hurt. The. ...Read more

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What is the normal amount of time for a pinched nerve to heal?

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Pinched nerve: Pinched nerve is a term used to described nerve compression. It's difficult to say how long it takes to get better. Some of the compression can get better within days while others can become chronic. ...Read more

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Whats better for a pinched nerve, heat or ice?

Pain Treatment : I recommend using the treatment which gives you better pain relief. Usually ice for the first 3-4 days to decrease swelling followed by heat to improve bloodflow and promote healing is prescribed. ...Read more

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I don't want to take steriod shots for a pinched nerve because all it does is relieve the pain. It doesn't fix the problem.

I don't want to take steriod shots for a pinched nerve because all it does is relieve the pain. It doesn't fix the problem.

Well,...: It may if the nerve is being pinched from inflammation around where the nerve ravels through the joint...Decrease the inflammation, and improve your condition. Can the pain and inflammation come back,,-certainly, especially if you remain very active and do activities that will predispose you to aggravating the area. Check with your Dr. depending on the severity of your specific case. Best wishes ...Read more

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What are the treatments for a pinched nerve?

What are the treatments for a 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 works best for a pinched nerve in arm ?

Depends: Depending on the severity of the "pinching" the therapy may involve anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, possible surgical intervention, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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