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The nervous system is an extensive network of nerves that travels throughout the body, maintaining normal functions from breathing to controlling the muscles and regulating body temperature. But occasionally, injury or the development of underlying conditions can damage the complex nerves and result in nerve injuries. Nerve injuries can occur on any nerve within the human body and certain types of nerve injuries are more frequently diagnosed than others.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a medical condition which occurs when a nerve from the peripheral nervous system is damaged. The peripheral nervous system is referred to as the central nervous system that transmits nerve impulses from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the nerves in the body. Damage to the peripheral nerves from peripheral neuropathy interrupts the connection between the nerves, blocking the transfer of information of the nerves. Peripheral neuropathy can occur as a result of trauma from an injury to a nerve or as a result of an underlying condition like diabetes or multiple sclerosis. The common symptoms for peripheral neuropathy include: temporary numbness, tingling sensations, and muscle weakness. In severe cases, this type of nerve injury can cause a burning pain, muscle wasting, and even paralysis, or organ/gland dysfunction.

Brachial Plexus Nerve Injury

Also known as brachial plexus neuropathy, a brachial plexus nerve injury occurs in the brachial plexus, a bundle of nerves from the spinal cord that separates into the individual nerves of the shoulders and arms. This type of nerve injury is considered to be rare, most often misdiagnosed for other neck or spine disorders. The true cause for brachial plexus nerve injury is unknown but direct trauma to the area, stretching injuries, or other underlying conditions are believed to lead to this disorder. The shoulder or arm pain due to brachial plexus neuropathy can vary for each individual. Other symptoms for this condition include: numbness of the shoulder, arm, or hand, local muscle weakness, tingling or burning sensations and the inability to extend or raise the wrist or hand.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks and damages the nerve cells of the brain and the spinal cord. With this disease, the myelin sheaths which surround and protect the nerve cells are broken down by the body’s own immune system, a process referred to as demyelination. Also, during demyelination, the breakdown of the myelin sheaths will form scars, known as sclerosis, where these hardened spot formations begin to interrupt the transmission of the nerve impulses. Although considered an autoimmune disease, not much is known about what causes the autoimmune reaction. Depending on which nerves are targeted by the condition, the symptoms for multiple sclerosis generally involve muscle weakness and disrupted motor skills and a difficulty with coordination and balance, along with numbness and a tingling sensation on the affected region.

Peroneal Nerve Injury

A peroneal nerve injury, also called foot drop, is a peripheral nerve injury that affects an individual’s ability to lift the foot at the ankle. The peroneal nerve branches from the sciatic nerve, providing sensation to the front and side areas of the legs and top of the feet. Foot drop injury can be caused by an injury to the spinal cord or from another underlying disease, such as multiple sclerosis. This condition can also occur as a complication after experiencing a joint fracture or dislocation. Although considered a neuromuscular disorder, peroneal nerve injury can be a symptoms of another condition. Symptoms for foot drop injury include: inability to point the toes towards the body, pain, weakness, numbness, loss of function on the foot and an unusual gait.

Neuropraxia

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Neuropraxia is a mild type of nerve injury. This condition results when the transmissions of a nerve are completely blocked or interrupted while the fibers of the nerve, including the axon and protective sheath, remain intact. The major factors causing the development of neuropraxia involve bone fractures or dislocations where the nerves are stretched abruptly. Also, blunt injury or prolonged pressure on the nerve can lead to this condition. Because the peripheral nerves extend all across the extremities of the body, these tend to be at a higher risk of damage or injury. The most common signs and symptoms for neuropraxia include: impairment or loss of regular motor or sensory function, weakness or paralysis of the muscles, abnormal sensations such as numbness, tingling, burning pain along the affected are of the nerve.

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The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.

We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.

Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, ATN*

email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com

phone: 915-850-0900

Licensed in Texas & New Mexico *

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Professional Scope of Practice *

The information herein on "5 Types of Nerve Injuries" is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.*

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.

We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.

We are here to help you and your family.

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email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com

Licensed in: Texas & New Mexico*