Peripheral Nerve Injuries
Peripheral nerve injury is something that one must not take lightly. It brings pain, and it also affects having a normal life. Preiphaeral nerve injury happens when the peripheral nerves are damaged and injured. These nerves can be damaged easily because they are fragile. They also link the spinal cord and brain to the other parts of the body, an injury can make it difficult for the brain to communicate with your organs and muscles.
Peripheral Nerve Injury Signs and Symptoms
Nerves are fragile and can get damaged due to an accident, an injury or as a result of another condition. The most common sign of nerve damage is pain, which can be burning, jabbing, sharp, freezing or throbbing. Other signs and symptoms include:
- Lack of coordination
- Muscle weakness
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
- Prickling or tingling sensation in the feet and hands
- Gradual onset of numbness
Peripheral Nerve Injury and Repair
Patient education plays a huge role in peripheral nerve injury repair. If patients have a better understanding of this condition, they can take better care of themselves and they can respond to treatment well. To prevent further injury, it helps if the joints, tendons and ligaments of the patients are protected.
To repair the injury, certain therapies may be needed. In some cases, surgical therapy is the best option.
Peripheral Nerve Injury Causes
There are various causes of peripheral nerve injury. Basically, the nerve gets injured due to stretching or pressing of the nerve. This may be caused by toxins, infection, illness or trauma. Other known causes also include cancer, diabetes, vitamin deficiency, Lyme disease and even alcoholism.
Peripheral Nerve Injury Treatment
Part of the treatment is conducting the necessary examinations and diagnostics. The doctor will first review the patient’s medical history and ask about symptoms and any previous surgeries or accidents. Initial neurological and physical examinations will then be conducted. After this, depending on the result of the initial examinations, the doctor will require any of these diagnostic tests: electromyography (EMG), nerve conduction study or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
In some cases, surgery and other treatments may not be necessary because peripheral nerves can heal on their own. The best way to heal in this case is to rest and take medications for pain and other symptoms. But to restore function and prevent stiffness, physical therapy is necessary. However, if the peripheral nerve injury does not heal properly, surgery may be required.
AZ Pain and Spine offers pain management solutions for peripheral nerve injuries. We help people with nerve injuries by relieving their pain and other symptoms. We consider your individual needs and the severity of your pain, along with other factors, in providing the best treatment possible.