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Peripheral Nerve Injuries

Peripheral Nerve Injuries

Peripheral nerve injury is something that one must not take lightly, as it brings pain and can affect having a normal life.

What are peripheral nerve injuries?

Peripheral nerves branch outward from the central nervous system and relay important information from all areas of the body back to the brain. Peripheral nerves are not protected by the cranium or spinal column and are more susceptible to toxins, making them vulnerable to injury or disease.

Nerve injuries caused by malfunction or disease are referred to as neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect several kinds of nerves and cause pain or discomfort in many locations in the body. Peripheral neuropathy encompasses nerve damage or disease impacting any nerves that are not the brain or spinal cord.

What are the symptoms of peripheral nerve injuries?

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

What causes peripheral nerve injuries?

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.

How are peripheral nerve injuries treated?

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.

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Peripheral Nerve Injuries Treatments

Here at Arizona Pain and Spine Institute, we improve our patients’ quality of life by alleviating and managing their pain. Some of our Peripheral Nerve Injuries treatments include:

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Why choose AZ Pain and Spine Institute to treat your Peripheral Nerve Injuries?

We have a team of medical practitioners, pain management doctors, and staff who are experts on pain management, including Peripheral Nerve Injuries. We use state-of-the-art technology and effective approaches in achieving our mission. We care about your well-being and are committed to making your life pain-free.