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Nerve Compression

Nerve compression can manifest in a variety of ways--pain, numbness, and muscle weakness to name a few. Determining the level and extent of nerve root compression is often difficult, and it requires a thorough physical examination by a back specialist. A complete medical history is necessary to rule out any underlying causes of the symptoms.

Once nerve compression is suspected, some type of diagnostic testing is required to confirm the results. Tests may include electromyography, evoked potential studies, or nerve conduction velocity studies to pinpoint the nerve origin in the spinal column. Other tests may include X-rays, CT (computed tomography) scans, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to determine if and where any spinal canal narrowing may exist.

Nerve Compression Causes
Common causes of nerve compression include bone spurs, bulging or herniated discs, and spondylolisthesis (one vertebra slipping onto another). Degeneration of the discs from aging, arthritic conditions, or other disease processes can cause the spinal canal to narrow, leading to nerve compression. Pressure on the nerve endings causes inflammation and the patient begins to experience symptoms.

If you have been diagnosed with nerve compression from any cause, contact The Bonati Institute for an advanced arthroscopic outpatient surgical option. The Bonati Institute pioneered advanced arthroscopic spine surgery and instrumentation. All Bonati Procedures are performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. That means your recovery time is minimal, which gets you back to your normal lifestyle within days.

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