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Stephen Strasburg lands on DL with pinched nerve in his neck

Ronnie Mimran M.D.

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Nationals placed pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 22, with a pinched nerve in his neck. Pinched nerves in the neck are usually caused by a narrowing of the channel the nerve uses to exit the spine bones of the neck (neural foramen). This can be caused by a disc bulge/herniation, bone spurs, or overgrown ligaments in the region. Telltale signs and symptoms depend on which nerve is pinched, but generally involve neck and/or arm pain, numbness and tingling, and occasionally weakness when severe.

Depending on severity, treatment includes anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, traction, and epidural steroid injections. Severe and refractory cases may need surgery.

Mild and moderate cases usually will have a RTP within 2-4 weeks, but if surgery is needed, it would likely be season-ending.

Dr. Mimran is board certified in neurosurgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. His practice focuses on surgical and non-surgical treatment of brain and spine disorders, with an emphasis on minimally invasive and image-guided techniques for the spine. He has a broad experience with the neurosurgical care of the injured athlete and serves as a consultant for multiple different professional sports teams. Dr. Mimran received his BS in physiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his medical training at the University of Southern California, where he graduated with honors. He completed a residency in neurological surgery at the University of Florida. along with a clinical fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery. Following his neurosurgical residency, Dr. Mimran moved to the Bay Area and joined the team at Pacific Brain and Spine Medical Group, in Danville, California. Dr. Mimran has received numerous awards and honors, earning the Patients’ Choice Award for seven consecutive years, and gaining recognition as a five-year honoree of the Compassionate Doctor Award, among others. He is also a leading educator in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery and navigated spine surgery, and has taught over 200 courses worldwide.

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