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Can nerve damage repair itself?

Can nerve damage repair itself?

Sometimes: A broad question, because there are many ways a nerve can be damaged: compression (carpal tunnel), crush, cut, etc. A "bruised" nerve can heal itself; it grows back at about 1 inch/month. If the nerve is divided, it may occasionally heal, but more often needs surgical repair--and this doesn't always result in return of function. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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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Carpal tunel : can nerve damage repair itself?

Carpal tunel : can nerve damage repair itself?

Yes: 98% of patients will get improvement in sensation and most complete recovery. It could take up to 3-4 months, so be patient. It also depends on how much damage you have going into the surgery (based on emg/ncv test). Permanent and irreversible nerve damage can also occur for many reasons without decompression of the nerve. ...Read more

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Living with Neuropathy (Checklist)

Exercise
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Manage pain
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Try gait and balance training
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Take medications as directed
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How long is recommended off work after having nerve damage repair operation on little finger?

Talk with surgeon: In all likelihood your surgeon has splinted the finger to minimize damage. Depending on the type of work you do it might be safe to go back to work. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Monitor blood sugar levels
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Could radial nerve damage be repaired 100%?

Could radial nerve damage be repaired 100%?

It depends: It depends somewhat on the degree of the damage. Mild issues often resolve with time. More serious damage may improve but not completely resolve. Sometimes, there is no improvement. ...Read more

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If B12 deficiency causes confusion,depression,loss of balance,tingling etc. from NERVE DAMAGE, can the NERVE DAMAGE be repaired with shots/supplement?

If B12 deficiency causes confusion,depression,loss of balance,tingling etc. from NERVE DAMAGE, can the NERVE DAMAGE be repaired with shots/supplement?

Sometimes not always: Often many of the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency can be treated by replacing the vitamin. Shots may be needed for large doses. If the deficiency is very long-lasting, some of the damage can be irreversible. This usually counts for cases that are a year or older for example. ...Read more

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Living with Neuropathy (Checklist)

Treat with a rehabilitation professional who can coordinate your care.
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If you are having difficulty with handling things, treat with an OT.
monthly
If you are having trouble walking or balancing, treat with a PT.
monthly
If you are having trouble with pain, see your doctor; avoid opioids.
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Could nerve damage really be repaired?

Could nerve damage really be repaired?

Yes and no: A severed or ruptured nerve theoretically can be repaired surgically, but that does not guarantee complete healing and normal function. Nerves do have the ability to regenerate. New connection can be made to bridge the area of injury. This takes time and most healing will occur within the first year after injury. Ultimately, your body will do the best it can to heal the injury. ...Read more

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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

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