Faisel Zaman, MD, PC
Many patients will come in saying “Doctor, I think I have a pinched nerve”. What exactly does this mean? What is a “pinched nerve”? Does a pinched nerve cause back pain? Is there really such a diagnosis? Well, yes and no.
In order to delve into this concept, we need to initially start with very simple terms, and a brief anatomy lesson. The human nervous system is broken down broadly into two parts. These are the central nervous system or CNS and the peripheral nervous system or PNS. The CNS is composed of the brain and spinal cord, which branches off into the spinal nerves, feeding the rest of the body. When these spinal nerves exit the spine, the PNS starts. Thousands of nerves exist in the human body, in essentially every body part; these nerves are all part of the PNS…
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