Nerve Injuries


 

Not all nerve injuries require surgical treatment; but when they do, the experienced team at Arizona Center for Hand to Shoulder Surgery in Phoenix can help. The skilled team of orthopedic surgeons leverages their advanced training in complex conditions to restore your nerve function and ease your discomfort. To learn more about treatments for nerve injuries, call Arizona Center for Hand to Shoulder Surgery or schedule an appointment online today.


What are nerve injuries?

Your nerves are your body’s communication system, carrying messages from your brain to the rest of your body. Some nerves are responsible for making your body move while others communicate about sensations, like temperature, pressure, and pain.

Each of your nerves has a small bundle of fibers that help carry these messages throughout your body. Nerves are protected and insulated by an outer layer that’s susceptible to damage.


What causes nerve injuries?

You can experience a nerve injury in a variety of ways, including a cut, stretching, or too much pressure. One example of a nerve injury is carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs when too much pressure is put on your median nerve. Nerve injuries like carpal tunnel typically develop slowly.

Some nerve injuries are due to trauma to the area, such as by cutting a nerve. When this happens, your nerve can no longer communicate to the rest of your body or brain. If a nerve becomes stretched, it can cause mild, temporary, or permanent injury.

The symptoms of nerve injuries vary depending on several factors.


What are the symptoms of nerve injuries?

Nerve injuries can have a variety of symptoms, depending on the type and severity of your injury, and the specific nerve that was injured. Common nerve injury symptoms include numbness, weakness, and pain.

Your symptoms can be intermittent or constant. It’s also possible to experience changes in your skin color, how much you sweat in certain areas,  and a decrease in muscle size.


How are nerve injuries treated?

Not all nerve injuries require treatment. Some cases, however, need surgical repair. These nerve injuries often include broken nerve fibers or cuts that affect both the outer nerve wrap and inner nerve fibers. Your doctor might also recommend supportive surgical treatments for mild damage to your nerve depending on the type of injury.

When your doctor recommends surgical treatment, this usually involves sewing your nerve ends back together. Once repaired, the inner nerve fibers need to grow back into skin areas and muscle to completely restore nerve function. Nerve fibers typically grow approximately one inch each month following surgery, so it can take several months to completely heal from nerve injuries.

If you’re suffering from the symptoms of a nerve injury, contact Arizona Center for Hand to Shoulder Surgery for a consultation. Their caring staff will be honored to take care of you.

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