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Is nerve injury the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Is nerve injury the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Possibly: Nerve injury implies some kind of damage to the nerve itself. While spinal cord and nerves are both nervous tissue, nerves typically are structures that have branched outside the spinal cord. Injury to the sciatic nerve, for example, is not considered a spinal cord injury. They are very different structures. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

No : Nerve injury is different than spinal cord damage. Spinal cord damage is more severe than nerve injury. ...Read more

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Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

No: The nerves are outside the axial skeleton, and the spinal cord is contained in the bony structure. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage to sciatic nerves repair/heal itself?

Can nerve damage to sciatic nerves repair/heal itself?

Maybe, maybe not: Nerve pain from sciatica almost always (over 90%) heals itself. Nerve damage is less predictable. Some nerve damage is reversible, but the healing process is very slow - years. ...Read more

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Chronic whiplash injury and luq has malfunctioned. Brachial plexus triggers nerve symptoms but nerves not injured. Starting rehab. Healing possible?

Chronic whiplash injury and luq has malfunctioned.  Brachial plexus triggers nerve  symptoms but nerves not injured. Starting rehab. Healing possible?

Get diagnosis first: Be efficient, and get answers as to why your injury did not fully heal. Not uncommon is an injury to the brachial plexus from shoulder strap, with eventual scarring, called thoracic outlet syndrome. Therapy does help, but is a specific approach, such as felderkreis work. Both EMG and ultrasound studies could pin down precise mechanism. If you have tos, about 85% success with conservative rx. ...Read more

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How is a pinched nerve typically repaired?

Nerve impingement: can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. See your dentist for tooth pain. ...Read more

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Is it common to receive electrotherapy for radial or median nerve injury?

Is it common to receive electrotherapy for radial or median nerve injury?

Yes: It is not uncommon to use electortherapy for the condition you stated. However, how effective it will be is another debate. Medicare has recently stated that they will not cover treatment with tens (electrical stimulation), due to lack sufficient data to show benefit. ...Read more

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How often is paralysis certain after spinal cord injuries?

How often is paralysis certain after spinal cord injuries?

Variable: Kind of the luck of the draw. Sometimes the cord can be bruised with near complete recovery. There are multiple factors: level of the injury, violence of the injury, etc. Impossible to predict in advance. ...Read more

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How common is vocal cord injury from general anesthesia?

How common is vocal cord injury from general anesthesia?

Rare: When you place a large plastic through the vocal cords there is always a chance of damage. Fortunately there is usually only a swelling which goes away quickly. More serious damage has been seen but is rare. ...Read more

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Can a radial nerve injury cause a tremor?

Can a radial nerve injury cause a tremor?

Never seen or heard: Radial nerve injury will cause wrist drop or weakness in lifting the wrist. ...Read more

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Regarding traumatic brain injury.Does recovery occurs at primary injury or secondary injury?

Regarding traumatic brain injury.Does recovery occurs at primary injury or secondary injury?

Please clarify: I am not understanding the question on traumatic brain injury and how recovery takes place...Or when? Would like to help you understand this entity a bit better. ...Read more

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What is procedure for a brachial plexus nerve injury?

What is procedure for a brachial plexus nerve injury?

Several options: A brachial plexus repair with nerve grafting can be done. If you are already post-op or not a surgical candidate then spinal cord stimulation or peripheral nerve stimulation can be done to help control your pain. ...Read more

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Is that nerve root impingement or displacement worse?

 Is that nerve root impingement or displacement worse?

Nerve root: impingement can lead to loss of function. Motor nerve root transmits impulses to muscles which may atrophy over time if the root compression cannot be alleviated. Sensory nerve root impingement will cause sensory symptoms (numbness, parasthesias and pain) in that nerve root territory. Displacement of a nerve does not necessarily result in dysfunction unless the nerve is stretched or compressed. ...Read more

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How long does sciatic nerve injury generally last?

How long does sciatic nerve injury generally last?

If sciatica due to a: A disc herniation, 75% of patients are better within 2 to 12 weeks with the rest within one year except about 10% going to surgery. ...Read more

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Could an injury to the posterior femoral cutaneous nerve due to surgery heal?

Takes Time: Will take a long time to heal. Nerves are one of the slowest tissues in your body to return back to normal. Many times it can be month, if not years if they do heal. ...Read more

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Which heals faster: a tendon injury or a ligament injury?

Which heals faster: a tendon injury or a ligament injury?

Tendon: Tendons have clear indications for immediate reconstruction and care. Ligament injuries are not visualized on x-ray, and are usually not treated in cases of fracture. If you have persistent myofascial pain or instability from injury seek a physician who has learned prolotherapy techniques for rehabilitation. Also, anti-inflamatory medicines taken for injury block ligaments from "self healing". ...Read more

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How serious is acute spinal cord injury?

How serious is acute spinal cord injury?

Very: It can lead to paralysis. It needs to be managed by an expert in an appropriate setting. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of peroneal nerve compressed? Can it occur from ankle sprain? Fibula possibly moved and pinched nerve.

What are the symptoms of peroneal nerve compressed? Can it occur from ankle sprain? Fibula possibly moved and pinched nerve.

Nerve impingement: Unlikely, that the fibular bone moved to pinch a nerve. The peroneal nerve (superficial peroneal nerve) is located in the skin and can be impinged through swelling resulting from an ankle sprain. The bone, ligaments, muscle, tendons are deeper than the skin, but the swelling associated with injury can cause shooting pain, burning, tingling, and numbness. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more