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Common Causes

Age: As we age, our spinal discs lose some of the fluid that helps them maintain flexibility. Wear and tear of the disc is an extension of disc dehydration and the natural progression of aging.

Occupation: People with physically demanding jobs have a greater risk of back problems.

Trauma: Injuries to the spine can cause tiny tears or cracks in the outer layer of the disc.

Weight: Excess body weight places extra stress on the discs of the lower back.



Nerve damage can have a wide variety of symptoms, depending on the type of nerves affected and their location.

The autonomic nerves controls the involuntary body functions, including heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and bladder function. Autonomic nerve damage symptoms include:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Dry eyes and mouth
  • Constipation
  • Bladder or bowel dysfunction
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Too much or too little sweating
  • Inability to sense chest pain

The motor nerves control muscle movement by sending information from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles. Motor nerve damage symptoms include:

  • Muscle weakness or paralysis
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Twitching
  • Paralysis

The sensory nerves relay sensory information that includes temperature, pain and other sensations by sending information from the skin and muscles to the brain and spinal cord. Sensory nerve damage symptoms include:

  • Sharp, jabbing pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or prickling
  • Burning
  • Lack of coordination

Treatment Options

Treatment Options

Nerve damage can be progressive, so it is important to seek treatment as soon as symptoms appear. The first goal of treatment at PMIR is to address the underlying condition that’s causing nerve damage.

After the underlying issue has been addressed, we offer treatment options for nerve damage that include:

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