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Can a herniated disc cause neuropathy?

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Dr. Patrick Roth
Neurosurgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Agreed

It may be semantics, but when a disc herniation occurs, it presses on a nerve root and not a nerve.
We call this radiculopathy. Neuropathy occurs further from the spine and often implies a non-compressive origin (although it can be compressive).

In brief: Agreed

It may be semantics, but when a disc herniation occurs, it presses on a nerve root and not a nerve.
We call this radiculopathy. Neuropathy occurs further from the spine and often implies a non-compressive origin (although it can be compressive).
Dr. Patrick Roth
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Dr. David Dinhofer
Thanks for the clarification. I would like to add that neuropathy is defined as disease of a peripheral nerve. The difference between radiculopathy and neuropathy is important in identifying the cause of the problem which in this case is known.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes it can

Herniated disc can cause neuropathy by pressing on the spinal chord which will cause neuripathy

In brief: Yes it can

Herniated disc can cause neuropathy by pressing on the spinal chord which will cause neuripathy
Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. David Dinhofer
The spinal cord ends above L1 in over 95% of patients. Most bulges and herniations are below L3. It is very unlikely a herniation to press on the spinal cord. Back pain syndromes are more often caused by other things than disc herniations. The medical community has focused on surgery for disc disease without good evidence it is beneficial. We need to be more careful how we use medical terms.
Dr. David Dinhofer
Radiology

In brief: Yes

A neuropathy is disease of a nerve root.
If a herniated disc presses on a nerve root, it will cause symptoms. However, not all disc herniations cause neuropathy. AND, not all symptoms of neuropathy are caused by disc herniations. Often, symptoms will resolve with supportive care.

In brief: Yes

A neuropathy is disease of a nerve root.
If a herniated disc presses on a nerve root, it will cause symptoms. However, not all disc herniations cause neuropathy. AND, not all symptoms of neuropathy are caused by disc herniations. Often, symptoms will resolve with supportive care.
Dr. David Dinhofer
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