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A nerve is a cable that allows information to transmitted to and from the brain from any part of the body via the spinal cord. Compression of a nerve, or pinching, leads to interruption of the smooth flow of communication which can result in pins and needles, numbness, tingling, sharp shooting pain, weakness in a limb or two, and in certain cases of spinal cord compression paralysis or stroke-like symptoms, bowel, or bladder disturbances. The pinched nerves could be due to ligamentous thickening, trauma with a blood clot, bony fractures, spurs, or disc herniation.
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