Nerve Injuries

What are the different types of nerve injuries?

Peripheral nerves send messages from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body.  Fibers called axons make up peripheral nerves. Surrounding tissues insulate the axons. These fragile nerves injure easily. Peripheral injuries can sustain a variety of injuries, such as:

What are the symptoms of a nerve injury?

Nerve injuries can result in neurological deficits, which include numbness, slowed reflexes, and weakness. These symptoms may radiate outwards from the source and into the arms, legs, hands, and feet. Paresthesia, the pins-and-needles feeling that accompanies numbness, may also radiate from the site of injury “downstream” into the arms or legs depending on the injury.

What causes nerve injuries?

The following injuries can compress, cut, stretch, and crush nerves:

  • Injury from accidents
  • Trauma from a fall
  • Hard collision from sports 

Nerve injuries can also be caused by:

  • Medical conditions: Diabetes, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Autoimmune diseases including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Narrowing of the arteries, hormonal imbalances, and tumors

What are the treatments for nerve injuries?

There is a wide range of treatment options available for nerve injuries. The type of treatment will mainly depend on the underlying cause of the patient’s symptoms as well as the severity.

Some surgeries can go through a small incision to remove pieces of tissue or foreign bodies pressing on the nerve. This gives the nerves enough space for them to stop sending pain signals to the brain. 

Patients can also undergo neuromodulation, a pain relief strategy that uses small, controlled pulses of electricity through a medical-grade wire that can soothe angry nerve endings in the spinal cord. Spinal specialists recommend spinal cord stimulators to patients who suffer from long-standing chronic back pain that has not responded to other, more conservative measures.

Spine Specialists use Neuromodulation and spinal cord stimulators to manage different types of chronic pain, including:

  • Back pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Injuries to the spinal cord
  • Nerve-related pain 
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Pain after an amputation 
  • Visceral abdominal pain and perineal pain

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists diagnose and treat patients with medical problems or injuries that limit their ability to take part in their daily lives. Patients will usually see a physical therapist after a referral by their primary physician. Physical therapists work with patients who have experienced an injury or disease that has affected their movement and range of motion.

At Nextgen Pain & Injury Clinic, our team of licensed physical therapists and rehabilitation experts will focus on your total health and wellness. Regardless of the cause or source of your pain, we will develop a treatment plan with your unique issues in mind.

Our treatment philosophy emphasizes evidence-based manual and therapeutic exercise techniques that are tailored toward efficiently returning patients, athletes, and employees to their pre-injury status. We treat orthopedic and sports injuries, provide spinal rehabilitation, post-surgical rehabilitation, and industrial rehabilitation. Personalized physical therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions.

  • Chronic and acute medical problems
  • Knee pain
  • Back pain
  • Leg Pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Chronic medical problems
  • Neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries

Our mission is to help patients to return to work, improve their quality of life, reduce dependence on medication and healthcare providers, and avoid persistent injuries.

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