What are Peripheral Nerves?
The peripheral nerves are a system of nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to the entire body, which controls functions of sensation, movement, and motor function. Like static on a telephone line, peripheral nerve disorders distort or interrupt the messages between the brain and the rest of the body.
What are the causes?
There are more than 100 kinds of peripheral nerve disorders. They can affect one nerve or many nerves. Some are the result of other diseases, like diabetic nerve problems. Others, like Guillain-Barre syndrome, happen after a virus infection. Still others are from nerve compression, like carpal tunnel syndrome or in brachial plexus injuries, the problem begins after an injury. Some people are born with peripheral nerve disorders.
What are my next steps?
Nerves are fragile and complicated, and are easily damaged. Once affected by trauma or injury, many turn to surgical intervention. If you think you may have a peripheral nerve injury, consult with our team of neurosurgeons. They will diagnose, and formulate a treatment plan to get you on the right path to recovery.
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