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Nerve Injuries

If you suffer from nerve injuries, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Are Nerve Injuries?

Nerve injuries can occur in various parts of the body, including the peripheral nerves that extend from the spinal cord to the limbs. Additionally, it can affect the cranial nerves that control functions of the head and face. These injuries can result from traumatic events like accidents, falls, or sports-related injuries. However, they can also be caused by medical conditions such as nerve entrapment, tumors, or autoimmune disorders.

Indications Of Nerve Injuries

The symptoms of a nerve injury can range from mild to severe, depending on the extent and location of the damage. Common symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness or paralysis, loss of coordination or balance, and changes in sensory perception. Additionally, in some cases, nerve injuries can also lead to issues with organ function or autonomic nervous system dysfunction.

Treatments For Nerve Injuries

Treatment for nerve injuries focuses on addressing the underlying cause, promoting nerve regeneration and healing, and managing symptoms. Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment options may include:

  1. Conservative Management: Physicians recomment rest, immobilization, physical therapy, and pain management techniques. These active treatments for mild nerve injuries facilitate the natural healing of the nerves over time.
  2. Medications: Moreover, physicians may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), pain relievers, and certain medications  to manage pain, reduce inflammation, or help control nerve-related symptoms.
  3. Physical Therapy: Rehabilitation exercises and therapies can help strengthen muscles, improve coordination, and promote functional recovery after a nerve injury. Additionally, techniques such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) may also be used to alleviate pain and stimulate nerve function.
  4. Surgical Interventions: Severe nerve injuries may necessitate surgical intervention. This can involve procedures like nerve repair, nerve grafting, or nerve transfer (reassigning nerves from less critical areas to restore function).
  5. Supportive Measures: In some cases, assistive devices like braces, splints, or orthotics may be recommended to support the affected limb, improve mobility, and aid in recovery.
  6. Nerve Repair: Nerve repair aims to restore function to damaged or severed nerves through a surgical procedure by repairing or replacing them with healthy nerve tissue.

Rehabilitation Process

The recovery process for nerve injuries varies widely, contingent upon factors like the injury type, its extent, overall health, age, and individual response to treatment. Nerves regenerate slowly, and complete recovery might span weeks, months, or even years. Severe cases can lead to long-term or permanent effects, necessitating ongoing management and rehabilitation.

Prompt medical attention is crucial if you suspect a nerve injury or experience symptoms of nerve damage. Healthcare professionals, such as neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, or physiatrists, can assess your condition and conduct diagnostic tests if needed. Moreover, they can help devise an appropriate treatment plan to optimize your recovery and mitigate potential complications.

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