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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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Is a mandibular nerve block the same as a regular local anesthesia injection?

Is a mandibular nerve block the same as a regular local anesthesia injection?

It's a type: of local anesthesia, yes. Sometimes it's done in addition to general anesthesia, depending on the procedure you're having done and who is doing it. It blocks a handful of nerves in that genera area so that at least half of your mouth becomes numb. ...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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Concerning lateral pterygoid muscle,why protrusive action functions to test intactness of mandibular nerve?

Concerning lateral pterygoid muscle,why protrusive action functions to test intactness of mandibular nerve?

Lateral pterygoid: The motor function of the mandibular branch of the fifth cranial nerve is tested by asking the patient to clench their teeth together and to open their mouth against resistance. The "thumb" test is the only reliable test to examine lateral pterygoid muscle. ...Read more

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Living with Neuropathy (Checklist)

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Does a dental panoramic X-ray show the positioning of the mandibular nerve in the lower jaw for implant planning?

No: X-ray is2dimensional representation of a 3 dimensional object. A CBCT (Cone Beam CAT Scan) allows 360 degree look at the area. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage heal?

Can nerve damage heal?

Yes: If the damage does not cause the nerve to be completely cut, then healing can occur. If a nerve has been cut, it will need to be reconnected in order to grow. Nerve grows about 1 mm/day, so depending on where the injury is, it may take over a year for recovery. It is difficult after a nerve is cut to get 100% recovery, but some return of sensation can be expected after repair. ...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.
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If you are having trouble walking or balancing, treat with a PT.
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If you are having trouble with pain, see your doctor; avoid opioids.
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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

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