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Causes of Pain & Numbness on One Side of Body

Causes of Pain & Numbness on One Side of Body

Pain and numbness are common symptoms that may indicate a wide variety of conditions or injuries. But sometimes these symptoms are a bit stranger than general pain and feelings of numbness. For example, sometimes these symptoms present on one side of the body and not the other – leaving patients with the entire left side of their body in pain, and the right side just fine. So what causes this type of regionalized pain and what can you do about it? That’s our topic for today’s article.

Regionalized Pain

Regionalized pain (or pain that manifests in one specific area of the body) can be caused by a number of injuries and conditions. However, many (if not most) cases of regionalized pain and numbness result from nerve issues.

When pain and numbness occur in a specific bodily region (like on one side of the body), the most likely culprit are the spinal nerves. In fact, most instances of numbness can be traced back to a nerve issue. The nerves in the spinal column help transmit sensory signals to our body parts from the brain, and vice versa. When a nerve gets pinched by a spinal disc or damaged in an accident, these sensory signals can get messed up, resulting in tingling, numbness, and pain in certain areas of the body.

Treating Nerve Damage with Surgery

When spinal nerves are the root cause of your pain, numbness, or other symptoms, minimally invasive keyhole spinal surgery is typically the best treatment course to reduce pain, return sensation, and prevent paralysis. Inspired Spine’s revolutionary surgical techniques are taking the spine surgery industry by storm. Our procedures (the Inspired OLLIF and the Inspired MIS-DTIF) have been shown to offer shorter operating times, faster recoveries, and less pain than other leading surgeries. If you have back pain or other symptoms, ask your physician if an Inspired Spine procedure is right for you, or contact us today to find out more.