Peripheral nerve injuries can cause a wide range of symptoms, from numbness and tingling to weakness and paralysis. Treatment for these injuries often requires a multidisciplinary approach, and that’s where REVO Rehab comes in.
Our team of experts offers a wide range of services to patients with peripheral nerve injuries, from physical therapy to rehabilitation engineering. We provide care at our facility in Rock Hill, SC. If you cannot come to our facility, please contact us to discuss possible options for getting the help you need.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Peripheral Nerve Injuries
What is peripheral nerve injury?
Peripheral nerve injuries are damage or trauma to the peripheral nervous system. This involves damage to the nerves that carry signals between the brain and spinal cord, known as cranial and spinal nerves, and the networks of smaller nerves that branch out from them called peripheral nerves.
Common causes of this type of injury include traumatic injuries such as fractures and dislocations, auto accidents, physical abuse, or contact sports injuries. In some cases, peripheral nerve injuries may also be caused by disease processes such as infection, diabetes mellitus, or tumors.
What are the symptoms of Peripheral Nerve Injury?
The symptoms of peripheral nerve injury can vary and depend on the damage’s type, location, and extent. Common signs may include sensations such as tingling, burning or shooting pain, numbness, or weakness in the affected area.
Other symptoms may involve loss of muscle control or coordination, reduced ability to sense touch or temperature changes, and changes in the reflexes. In more severe cases, complete paralysis may occur.
In addition, the patient may experience problems with activities such as walking or picking up objects due to associated muscle weakness. If an individual experiences these symptoms, they should seek medical attention immediately.
How is Peripheral Nerve Injury diagnosed?
Peripheral nerve injury is diagnosed through medical history, physical examination, and imaging tests. The first step is to take a complete medical history, including symptoms, onset, and duration of the condition.
It is important to note any previous injuries or conditions that may be related to the current problem. The next step is a physical examination, which may include testing the reflexes and sensations of the affected area.
Finally, imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans may be used to assess the extent of damage to the nerves.
What treatments are available for Peripheral Nerve Injury?
The treatment for peripheral nerve injury depends on the type and severity of the injury and other factors such as age and overall health. Treatment may include physical therapy, medications, surgery, or a combination. Physical therapy is often used to help improve the affected area’s range of motion, strength, and coordination. Medication may be prescribed to reduce pain or swelling and to help restore some nerve function.
Surgery is an option when other treatments have been unsuccessful, and it can involve repairing damaged nerves or transferring healthy ones from another part of the body. Rehabilitation after surgery is essential for a successful outcome.
How is physical therapy used to treat peripheral nerve injuries?
Physical therapy is used to help improve the range of motion, strength, and coordination in the affected area. It can involve stretching, strengthening, balance, and coordination exercises tailored to the individual’s needs.
Electrical stimulation may also be used to relax muscles or stimulate nerve activity. A physical therapist may assist with activities such as walking without assistance, using a wheelchair, or standing and walking independently.
Physical therapy aims to help the patient regain as much strength and mobility as possible following an injury. By continuing to work with a dedicated therapist, patients can expect lasting results even after peripheral nerve damage has occurred.
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