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Can herniated disks that press on the spinal cord nerves also cause pain in the arm?

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In brief: Referred pain

A ruptured disc in the neck can compress the nerve root and cause referred pain in the distribution at that root level.
For example compression at the c-6 level can cause pain radiating down the arm to the thumb and index finger.

In brief: Referred pain

A ruptured disc in the neck can compress the nerve root and cause referred pain in the distribution at that root level.
For example compression at the c-6 level can cause pain radiating down the arm to the thumb and index finger.
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Dr. Polina Liss
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Herniated cervical (neck) disks can compress nerves that serve the arms.

In brief: Yes

Herniated cervical (neck) disks can compress nerves that serve the arms.
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Dr. Fernando Techy
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Yes

If the herniated disc is in your neck and it is irritating a nerve, it will radiate to your arm, if the disc is irritating a nerve in your lumbar spine ( low back), the pain will go to your legs.

In brief: Yes

If the herniated disc is in your neck and it is irritating a nerve, it will radiate to your arm, if the disc is irritating a nerve in your lumbar spine ( low back), the pain will go to your legs.
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