Dr. Kamal Thapar, MD., PhD., FRCSC., FAANS
1200 Oakleaf Way, Suite A, Altoona, WI 54720
Nerve injuries consist of compression or other form of damage to the nerves in the body. Nerves serve an essential purpose in our bodies in that they allow communication to occur between our brain and the rest of our body.
– Compression of the nerve
– Excessive stretching of a nerve
– Cut or tear in a nerve through a laceration injury (cut in the skin)
– Electrical injury
– Pain in the upper or lower extremities, depending on which nerves are affected
– Numbness and tingling
A study called an electromyogram (EMG) is used to confirm the diagnosis of a nerve injury and to identify the location of any nerve damage. An MRI may also be necessary to determine if the nerves are being compressed within the spine.
Choice of treatment for a nerve injury depends on several factors including the severity and location of nerve damage and the overall health of the patient. Conservative management may be sufficient treatment for mild nerves injuries. The forms of conservative management that are often effective for treating nerve injuries include physical therapy, acupuncture, orthotic devices and medications. If significant nerve damage is causing impaired functioning, surgery may be required to restore function to the affected area.