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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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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 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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Could you with severed nerve damage recover?

It depends: If a nerve is completely severed in half it is highly unlikely that function will recover. If it is only partially severed there is a fair chance. Nerve's repair very slowly. It will take anywhere from 6mo - 1y to see what function recovers. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can spinal surgery cause nerve damage?

Can spinal surgery cause nerve damage?

Surgery complication: With any surgery, there is the risk of complications. Some of possible complications are anesthesia complications, bleeding, blood clots, lung complications, infection, persistent pain, hardware failure, implant migration, nerve injury, spinal cord injury, sexual dysfunction .... ...Read more

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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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Obturator nerve damage, how long is the recovery process?

Obturator nerve damage, how long is the recovery process?

Up to a Year: If the nerve is cut and repaired at the original surgery, the prognosis is usually good, but recovery can take about one year. ...Read more

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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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Optic nerve damage reversible?

Optic nerve damage reversible?

Depends: On time, severity, etc. Specifically depends if the neurons have died (not recoverable at this time since an extension of the central nervous system) or are just in "distress" and could recover when the inflammation or inciting factor is resolved. Typically, not reversible to normal. ...Read more

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What vitamins help heal nerve damage from injury?

What vitamins help heal nerve damage from injury?

Nerve injury repair: Nerves may be either peripheral or central. Those outside the brain and spinal cord generally have a coating of myelin that is sensitive to b vitamins, specifically b1, b6, b12, and folate (folic acid). Methylfolate (folic acid) and B12 are indicated in the treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. But before just taking some, have yourself tested to determine if they are needed, and diagnose the reason for nerve injury. ...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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Is optic nerve damage reversible?

Sometimes: Some optic nerve damage is reversible. For example, optic neuritis frequently recovers completely, when the cause is found and can be treated. Optic neuropathy due to vascular disease sometimes recovers. Traumatic injuries of the optic nerve may or may not recover. ...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?

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

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Cranial nerve damage possible from face laceration?

Cranial nerve damage possible from face laceration?

The cranial nerves : And there are 12, arise in the pons, midbrain and brain stem. The facial laceration is likely to severe/injue branches of vii, the facial nerve, providing innervation of facial muscles. ...Read more

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Will stroke of opticl nerve damage ever recover ?

Will stroke of opticl nerve damage ever recover ?

Probably not fully: Depending on size and location, you may regain some vision with time. Usually not completely. ...Read more

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Obturator nerve damage, how long to heal?

Obturator nerve damage, how long to heal?

Variable: If the nerve is cut and repaired at the original surgery, the prognosis is usually good, but recovery can take about one year. This is because the nerve regenerates only about one inch per month. Alternatively, if the extent of damage is uncertain after the original surgery, physical therapy is prescribed for three months. ...Read more

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Where to repair alveolar nerve injury?

Where to repair alveolar nerve injury?

Quite difficult: The majority of injuries result in transient sensory disturbance but, in some cases, permanent abnormal sensation (paræsthesia), reduced sensation (hypoæsthesia) or, even worse, some form of unpleasant abnormal sensation (dysæsthesia) can occur.The spontaneous recovery rate for nerve injuries related to lower wisdom tooth (3rd molar) removal is quite variable ranging from 50% - 100%.Rarely. ...Read more

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How does articular cartilage damage affect recovery from partial meniscectomy?

How does articular cartilage damage affect recovery from partial meniscectomy?

Slows recovery: Meniscus tears resolve quickly after partial meniscectomy. The finding of cartilage damage puts a cloud over your recovery and ability to return to running. It will definitely slow it up to 6 weeks. The grade, location and size of the area of cartilage damage will ultimately come ino play. Articular damage often has no effect. Remain positive do physical therapy and listen to doc. ...Read more

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Does sural nerve damage cause numbness?

Yes, it can: The sural nerve is a purely sensory nerve and damage to it can cause numbness on the outside of your ankle and foot. ...Read more

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Can a nerve block cause any permanent nerve damage?

Can a nerve block cause any permanent nerve damage?

Possible/unlikely: As a foot specialist, i perform thousands of injections a year in the form of nerve blocks for procedures and therapeutic injections. It is extremely rare to have any complaints of nerve irritation from the injection after the anesthetic wears off. Dr l. ...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