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Is it possible for cold therapy devices to cause skin and nerve damage?

Is it possible for cold therapy devices to cause skin and nerve damage?

Yes: If your speaking about a constant cold therapy device such as one of the ones which circulate cold water continuously or even a simple ice bath or ice pack, the answer is yes. Take care to protect the skin and subcutaneous structures from damage by icing through a towel or facecloth, and limiting ice to 10-15 minutes. Consult your doctor, pt or atc as to the best method for your particular problem. ...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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If a sprain is slow to heal and gets resprained, is there going to be permanent damage or is it possible to reverse all damage with time and physio?

If a sprain is slow to heal and gets resprained, is there going to be permanent damage or is it possible to reverse all damage with time and physio?

Let me help: Sprain and re-sprain could leave some damage to the ligament of the joint and also make the healing process take longer time. The advise to treat the sprain correctly from the first time.. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment to treat nerve pain from ongoing chemo? Is it possible to prevent permanent nerve damage?

What is the best treatment to treat nerve pain from ongoing chemo?  Is it possible to prevent permanent nerve damage?

Unclear: Unfortunately there is no clear way to prevent chemo-associated neuropathy. Some medications such as steroids, gabapentin/pregabalin, or antidepressants may be helpful. Vitamin supplementation with b-complex or folate (folic acid) may also be helpful. Your oncologist may have recommendations specific to your type of chemotherapy, and all supplements should be discussed before taking to avoid interactions. ...Read more

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Can infection cause significant damage to the nerves of the penis if done with dirty hands as skin is irritated and loss of feeling in it how to cure?

Can infection cause significant damage to the nerves of the penis if done with dirty hands as skin is irritated and loss of feeling in it how to cure?

Skin infection: Infection can cause significant damage to any part of the body it enters and is frequently related to dirty hands or other thing that can carry an infection. The best treatment for infection is antibiotics. The best way to avoid infection is good hand washing. You should see your doctor if you believe that you have an infection. Good luck :) ...Read more

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Can damage to the 11th cranial nerve cause sustained muscle contraction of the trapezius? If so, how can it be treated and what is most effective?

Can damage to the 11th cranial nerve cause sustained muscle contraction of the trapezius? If so, how can it be treated and what is most effective?

Rare: Isolated CN injury is rare. Weakness of head turn to resistance or shoulder shrug weakness is seen. Spasm is usually not due to accessory nerve lesion. ...Read more

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Can vit B12 deficiency cause permanent nerve damage? If yes, how to know? Is there a test or a procedure to see visually the nerve damage ?

Check Homocysteine: Elevated homocysteine levels are a good marker for nerve damage due to B12 and Folic Acid deficiency. Even with normal levels of these two chemicals your body may not be able to use and you need to take the methyl- varieties and can lead to functional deficiency leading to neuropathy. There is test that looks at the small fibers that get affected by these conditions and diabetes. Ask your doc. ...Read more

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Is it possible for cold hands and feet to be related to internal bleeding?

Is it possible for cold hands and feet to be related to internal bleeding?

Possible: If your symptoms have been worsening like this, you need to see your doctor for an evaluation to see what's going on. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a dislocated knee to cause nerve damage?

Is it possible for a dislocated knee to cause nerve damage?

Yes it could: Let be sure we are talking about the same thing dislocated knee not dilocated knee cap(patella). ...Read more

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My sciatic nerve may be permanently damaged from leaving it irritated for 2 long is there anything i can do to improve this nerve so the pain lessens?

My sciatic nerve may be permanently damaged from leaving it irritated for 2 long is there anything i can do to improve this nerve so the pain lessens?

Sciatic Nerve : Chronic irritation or compression of the nerves in the back which travel downward towards the leg to form the sciatic nerve may lead to permanent nerve damage or neuropathy. Most of the symptoms resolve if the cause has been removed, sometime a very difficult task. Surgery, epidural injections and specific medication for treatment for neuropathy can be effective. ...Read more

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Can face that is damaged/scarred and slighty darkened over years of sun exposure be cured? What are the possible options to address this?

Can face that is damaged/scarred and slighty darkened over years of sun exposure be cured? What are the possible options to address this?

No: Unfortunately there is no way to reverse sun damaged skin. You must make sure you see a dermatologist for regular skin checks to make sure there's no cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible for MRSA to spread from incision to joints and to cause pain?

Is it possible for MRSA to spread from incision to joints and to cause pain?

Possible....: What you are describing is a person who had a local infection (soft tissue) and now has septic arthritis (infected joints). I have seen this happen several times only when the initial source was not properly addressed and transient or persistent blood seeding occurs. In most instances, the pain in the joints in this picture you describe is from something else. Check with your doc. ...Read more

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Is it possible that testicles shrink and go soft due to physical damage?

Is it possible that testicles shrink and go soft due to physical damage?

Usually that happens: Due to the use of anabolic steroids, and it's called testicular atrophy... Or primary hypogonadism or a pituitary issue. This needs to be seen by endocrinology. ...Read more

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Does thorozine cause damage to your central nervous system and if so is there anything to possibly reverse the damage done? My brother is very shaky.

Does thorozine cause damage to your central nervous system and if so is there anything to possibly reverse the damage done? My brother is very shaky.

It can: Thorazine (chlorpromazine) can cause sedation as well as movement problems -- some of which can become permanent. Doctors monitor patients on such medications and reduce doses to the smallest effective, to avoid such long-term results. Also certain medications can ameliorate some of these problems, at least acutely. Using alternative antipsychotics @ lowest possible effective dose may be even better solution. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get nerve damage from acupuncture?

Is it possible to get nerve damage from acupuncture?

Yes: If the acupuncture needle sticks a nerve and is moved around. The needles should not be placed near a nerve. ...Read more

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Is a coma due to brainstem compression from a benign tumor guaranteed to be permanent? Or can the person wake up it its removed and there's no damage?

Is a coma due to brainstem compression from a benign tumor guaranteed to be permanent? Or can the person wake up it its removed and there's no damage?

No good answer: I assume this patient had a cerebellarpontine angle tumor that was removed? The recovery from tumor such as these and other tumors that compress on the brainstem can be prolonged, there's no good answer and I would not give up hope ...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