Peripheral Nerve Injury
Peripheral nerve injury refers to instances when the nerves that link between your brain, spinal cord, and the rest of your body have been damaged. These injuries can significantly hinder your brain’s ability to communicate with your muscles and organs. Damage to the peripheral nerves is known as peripheral neuropathy.
Incidents or conditions that create stretching or pressing on a nerve can trigger peripheral nerve injury. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes or Guillain-Barre syndrome can also cause nerve injuries.
Nerves are actually made of fibers called axons, surrounded by tissues that essentially function as insulation. Peripheral nerve injuries range in severity; when either the fibers or insulation are damaged, the injury has a good chance of healing completely. However, if both the fibers and tissue insulation are damaged, the nerve is likely completely cut, leading to more complications with treatments and recovery.
We encourage medical care for any peripheral nerve injury as soon as possible, as the early diagnosis and treatment may prevent complications and permanent injury.
Symptoms of Peripheral Nerve Injury
- Increasing numbness, prickling, or tingling in the feet or hands, which may later spread to legs and arms
- Sharp, jabbing, throbbing, or burning pain
- Sensitivity to touch
- Pain during activities that shouldn’t cause pain, such as pain in your feet when standing or when they’re under a blanket
- Lack of coordination and/or falling
- Weakness in muscles
- The feeling of wearing gloves or socks when you’re not
Peripheral Nerve Injury Risk Factors
Aside from physical injuries, peripheral nerve injury can also occur from:
- Autoimmune diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Inherited disorders
- Bone marrow disorders
- Exposure to poisons
- Vitamin deficiency
Peripheral Nerve Injury Treatments
Peripheral nerve injuries should be addressed as soon as possible. If you’re looking for diagnosis and effective treatment of peripheral nerve injuries, the staff at the Oklahoma Center for Spine and Pain Solutions would love to see you. Our team is fully equipped to properly diagnose and provide effective treatment options for peripheral nerve injuries — and we are often able to see new patients the same week they contact us.