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What is the best method to heal nerve damage in my wrist?

What is the best method to heal nerve damage in my wrist?

Surgery: Best option is surgery if you have not had symptoms for long time. Time damages the nerve and once the nerve is liberated it starts to heal, to a certain degree depending upon the damaged he endured while trapped in the wrist. ...Read more

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 damage in wrist reverse on its own or only surgery?

Can nerve damage in wrist reverse on its own or only surgery?

Nerve damage: It depends on the underlying pathology. If there is nerve damage from a compressive pathology like carpal tunnel, the pathology will typically progress and worsen. If it is after acute injury like a fracture, it will typically heal very slowly. An EMG may be able to sell the severity if the nerve damage and your doc should be able to answer your question fully. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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How do u cope with nerve damage in wrist from a cortisone injection?

How do u cope with nerve damage in wrist from a cortisone injection?

Contact your doc: Not clear to me that you have any nerve damage, and would be unusual to acquire associated with cortisone injection. You need to pin down precisely what has occurred so it can be managed properly. ...Read more

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About 2 months ago we believe I had nerve damage to my left wrist. Since the pain and numbness went away, I have a constant feeling it needs to pop.?

About 2 months ago we believe I had nerve damage to my left wrist. Since the pain and numbness went away, I have a constant feeling it needs to pop.?

This may be good: The pain in the list can suggest a neurological issue or possibly a vascular issue. The fact that it's gotten better is a good sign. I can't tell for sure if the piping is from tendons, the position of the bones in the wrist, but that would be when I might consider. ...Read more

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I have cut down my wrist with blades. Blood has stopped. But m worried if there is any nerve damage. They are very deep cuts. How to test for nerve i?

I have cut down my wrist with blades. Blood has stopped. But m worried if there is any nerve damage. They are very deep cuts. How to test for nerve i?

EMG: First of all, even if the bleeding has stopped if you have really cut your wrists you need immediate medical attention in an emergency room setting.
If you had nerve damage there would be symptoms in the hands of numbness or tingling and an EMG could be performed, but what I have stated in the first paragraph is far more urgent. ...Read more

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What is the best method (diet or therapy) to heal nerve damage from a puncture wound in my wrist?

What is the best method (diet or therapy) to heal nerve damage from a puncture wound in my wrist?

Nerve repair: If a nerve has been cut or even partially cut it will not heal on its own. You need to have the nerve repaired. If the nerve has been traumatized or crushed it might or might not heal on its own. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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After injuring my wrist my thumb started to get thumb. It has been numb for now 3 1/2 weeks. Could there be nerve damage and how severe if there is?

After injuring my wrist my thumb started to get thumb. It has been numb for now 3 1/2 weeks. Could there be nerve damage and how severe if there is?

Thumb numbness: Not sure exactly how you hurt your wrist but you may have injured a part of your median nerve if thumb is numb on the palm side or part of the radial nerve if numb on the top side. Recovery depends on the extent of the injury...Weeks to months. ...Read more

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Is it possible that after the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome about the wrist I suffered suffered nerve damage?

Is it possible that after the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome about the wrist I suffered suffered nerve damage?

Yes: It is quite rare but possible for a nerve injury to occur during carpal tunnel release surgery. It is also possible for the nerve to feel slightly hypersensitive in the immediate post operative period. I would seek a second opinion if you are concerned for a nerve injury. ...Read more

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I have severe pain in my left wrist and hand. Could it be radial nerve damage?

I have severe pain in my left wrist and hand. Could it be radial nerve damage?

Where in the wrist: This depends on the distribution of the pain - we need to know where the pain is located. Your physician can help access where the pain is and what causes it. It could be many different things beyond radial nerve such as arthritis. ...Read more

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Popped bone out in wrist, got myself a wrist support brace and put it on loosely and now my thumb has been numb. Do I have nerve damage? In pain.

Yes: You have a fracture or dislocation of a wrist bone that is now pressing on your median nerve. You need to see a hand surgeon asap before you have permenant nerve damage. ...Read more

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I woke up with wrist pain. Later it got a bit swollen and painful, I can't move my hand up and down cause it hurts. Is it blood clot? Nerve damage?

Wrist pain: The combination of wrist pain and swelling, unless caused by injury, suggests acute arthritis but not a blood clot or caused by nerve pathology. There are various types of acute arthritis such as rheumatoid, gout, psoriatic, osteoarthritis, etc. Treat it with cold applications and, if you can take them, anti-inflammatory medications like Advil. See your physician or a rheumatologist for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Weakness + shooting pain in arm, wrist, clawing of 3rd and little figure. Clear nerve conduction test, what else could it be other than nerve damage?

See hand surgeon: You may possess a rheumatological condition affecting tendons in wrist and hand, but if nerve testing was done within 3-4 weeks of onset, an emerging nerve problem could be missed. Sounds like a significant problem. See a hand specialist, and get expert advice. ...Read more

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Left forearm pain radiating between wrist and elbow. No relief with pt, naproxen and celebrax. Pt trainer puzzled. No nerve damage. Very painful.

Left forearm pain radiating between wrist and elbow. No relief with pt, naproxen and celebrax. Pt trainer puzzled. No nerve damage. Very painful.

May be several thing: There are many possible causes although it sounds like possible tendinitis or bursitis of the elbow. It depends on whether the pain is present at rest or with activity and if there are particular activities that cause the pain. With no history of trauma best to see an orthopedist or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What would 12 white spots on brain and nerve damage in both arms and both hands and wrists and facial numbness in a 44 year old femal indicate?

What would 12 white spots on brain and nerve damage in both arms and both hands and wrists and facial numbness in a 44 year old femal indicate?

Possibly MS: These are possible signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Especially in a female of this age. It depends what the "spits" look like. Vision changes are also common in this situation. ...Read more

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With fall on outstretched hand, had wrist sprain in er. Now have tingling little finger and sharp pain from elbow to hand. Is this ulnar nerve damage?

With fall on outstretched hand, had wrist sprain in er. Now have tingling little finger and sharp pain from elbow to hand. Is this ulnar nerve damage?

Ulnar n irritation: Yor ulnar nerve is bruised or irritated. You might have a hook of the hamate fracture causing the ulnar nerve problem. You need to see a hand surgeon and if appropriate they will order a ct of the wrist. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have hand nerve damage?

What does it mean to have hand nerve damage?

Depends on severity: Any nerve in the hand can be damaged, but I presume you refer to the median nerve, which is often pinched in the wrist (carpal tunnel). If decompressed in time, full recovery is possible. If the nerve has been severely entrapped, with loss 90% or more of nerve function, then the loss can be irreversible. Persistent pain, numbness/tingling, & weakness in the pattern of the involved nerve results. ...Read more

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What can I do. For localized nerve damage in. Mh.Hand?

What can I do. For localized nerve damage in. Mh.Hand?

Nothing now: Time usually will allow to heal by itself. If there is no penetrating injury, then the nerve will repair by itself at a rate of 0.5 mm per day. ...Read more

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Can hitting your hand against hard surfaces result in nerve damage?

Yes: There are small nerves on the back of the hand that can be injured by hitting it on a hard surface. Symptoms include shooting pain and numbness. These do tend to resolve with time. See a hand surgeon for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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What are some signs that my hand nerve damage is healing?

What are some signs that my hand nerve damage is healing?

Feeling/strength: Signs of nerve healing: return of sensation/feeling or strength in your hand/fingers even hypersensitivity can be a sign. Nerve recovery takes place first in the arm, then wrist, progressing outward to the fingers. You may be able to tell where the leading edge of recovery is since the nerve may elicit a zinger or tinel's sign when tapped-- the site of the zinger may migrate outward as it heals. ...Read more

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Can I be a surgical tech if I have nerve damage in one hand? (slight loss of sensation and grip in my non dominant hand)

Can I be a surgical tech if I have nerve damage in one hand? (slight loss of sensation and grip in my non dominant hand)

Yes and yes: Absolutely. Even a surgeon can continue to operate. Only super delicate microsurgery could be an issue for the surgeon but even then as a tech you should be ok. Go for it...your body will adjust to the new needs ...Read more

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Can an MRI show nerve damage on hand?

Can an MRI show nerve damage on hand?

Yes, but EMG is betr: It is wise to see a hand specialist or Sports medicine doctor to figure out what your diagnosis is. A MRI can provide alot of soft tissue and nerve information. However, EMGs are the most objective tests to provide data about nerves and their function. Be prepared to explain your symptoms to your physician and any relationship to repetitive trauma via work or hobbies or computer use. ...Read more

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Help docs! My hand hurts sometimes, could it be nerve damage?

Help docs! My hand hurts sometimes, could it be nerve damage?

Unlikely: The cause is more likely to be, usculoskeletal than neurologic unless it is associated with numbness or pins and needles sensation. If you are concerned, have thehands evaluated. ...Read more

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How long does nerve damage typically take to recover from hand surgery?

How long does nerve damage typically take to recover from hand surgery?

Roughly 1mm/day: Peripheral nerves, if cut of severely bruised/crushed, can regrow/regenerate but the rate depends greatly on the age of the patient and the presence of other medical problems. Young, healthy patients typically regenerate ~1mm/day but there is a lot of variability. A lot also depends on the severity of the injury itself. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of nerve damage in the hand after rotary cuff surgery?

Edema: Swelling in the shoulder can cause transient nerve compression at the level of the brachial plexus. This would result in numbness and parathesias of the upper extremity. ...Read more

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Can neurophathy emg test in lower back tell you if you have upper body or hand nerve damage as well?

Can neurophathy emg test in lower back tell you if you have upper body or hand nerve damage as well?

No: Emg of muscles in your low back and legs looks only at the lumbar roots, while nerve conduction studies (ncs) check nerves in your legs & feet. To check the cervical nerve roots in your neck you would need EMG of the muscles in your arms and hands, and possibly muscles in your neck. To check nerves in your arms and hands (carpal tunnel), you would need ncs of the arms and hands. ...Read more

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I had a spinal fusion years ago. Now I have pain and cannot grip with my right hand. I also get right side numbness. Could it be nerve damage?

Grip weakness: If the fusion was done years ago, and everything was ok for a while, there is probable no damage... A new problem could be coming from the levels above- or below the past surgery area, so it would be best to go back to your surgeon, or find a new doctor if the past physician is not available. New images with possibly a ct or MRI might be needed to find the cause; maybe a neurologist needs to help. ...Read more

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Cut my hand at work and now my thumb is numb. Do I have a nerve damage?

Cut my hand at work and now my thumb is numb. Do I have a nerve damage?

Depends: Depend on how deep the cut is. If it s very deep then the nerve supplying the thumb got damaged. If very superficial, then the swelling has caused temporary numbness of the thumb. If the damage is not severe, then the nerve can repair itself. ...Read more

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I cut my hand at work and now my thumb is numb. Do I have a nerve damage?

I cut my hand at work and now my thumb is numb. Do I have a nerve damage?

Possibly: Was the thumb numb immidiately after you cut it? Where on your thumb is it numb? Usually nerve damage causes only part of the thumb to be numb. For example a cut on the palm side of the thumb will make the tip of the thumb on one or both sides of the thumb feel numb but usually not the back of the thumb. If the whole thumb is numb it may be due to swelling. I would consult a hand surgeon. ...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