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Can a MRI show a pinched nerve?

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Posted on Fri, 20 May 2016
Question: How does an MRI show a pinched nerve
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Answered by Dr. Indu Kumar (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
In MRI ,nerve pinch is indicated by compression along its normal position by surrounding structures.

Detailed Answer:
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Thanks for writing to HCM

Nerve roots may be pinched in spine in lateral neural canal during exit or may be centrally compressed.
It may be due to prolapsed inter vertebral disc,osteophytes,arthropathy etc.

In MRI ,nerve pinch is indicated by compression along its normal position by surrounding structures.

If you wish you can send images and report for review.
If compression is severe then it may be need surgical intervention for decompression.
Initially patient may need conservative treatment like physiotherapy etc.
Surgery is advised in non responding cases.

Get well soon.
Hope I have answered your query.
Further queries are most welcome.

Take Care
Dr. Indu XXXXXXX
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Can a MRI show a pinched nerve?

Brief Answer: In MRI ,nerve pinch is indicated by compression along its normal position by surrounding structures. Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for writing to HCM Nerve roots may be pinched in spine in lateral neural canal during exit or may be centrally compressed. It may be due to prolapsed inter vertebral disc,osteophytes,arthropathy etc. In MRI ,nerve pinch is indicated by compression along its normal position by surrounding structures. If you wish you can send images and report for review. If compression is severe then it may be need surgical intervention for decompression. Initially patient may need conservative treatment like physiotherapy etc. Surgery is advised in non responding cases. Get well soon. Hope I have answered your query. Further queries are most welcome. Take Care Dr. Indu XXXXXXX