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What can I do to help repair and alleviate pain from a damaged nerve in my hand?

What can I do to help repair and alleviate pain from a damaged nerve in my hand?

Depends: What kind of injury are we talking about? Sometimes pt can be useful, medications oral and topical can all be used as well. ...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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Had nerve entrapment in cervical spine with repair surgery in 2010. Have nerve damage in the medial side of the arm to thumb. I get sporadic spasms in the arm that locks my hand and fingers. Cause?

Had nerve entrapment in cervical spine with repair surgery in 2010. Have nerve damage in the medial side of the arm to thumb. I get sporadic spasms in the arm that locks my hand and fingers. Cause?

As above : What is the question ? If u want treatment ask u physician . But. U need to remember some times pain can be chronic and medication r to nake it more tolerable and not to cure it. In addition physical therapy may be helpfull. ...Read more

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How long is recommended off work after having nerve damage repair operation on little finger?

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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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 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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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?

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

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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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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Can diabetic nerve damage cause tremors in your hands when trying to articulate or manipulate objects?

Can diabetic nerve damage cause tremors in your hands when trying to articulate or manipulate objects?

Probably not: What you have sounds like what is called an intention tremor. This occurs in many people without diabetes as well as diabetics. It is usually something that is difficult to treat but does not mean anything serious is wrong. The only way to tell is have a full examination with a neurologist. ...Read more

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I have a damaged nerve in my arm and have started to get weakness in my right hand when griping things what should I do?

See a neurologist: If you have suffered from damage to the median nerve, then you may not be able to grab objects with your hand. See a neurologist to discuss the injury that led to nerve damage and to undergo a neurological exam. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000691.htm ...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

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Do I have nerve damage? I was cutting open a package earlier and the knife slipped and went into my index finger. My finger bled quite a bit, and ever since the incident my whole hand has been experiencing a cold and somewhat numb sensation. It has been c

Do I have nerve damage? I was cutting open a package earlier and the knife slipped and went into my index finger. My finger bled quite a bit, and ever since the incident my whole hand has been experiencing a cold and somewhat numb sensation. It has been c

In : In all likelihood you do. The digital nerves run up the sides of the fingers and are closer to the skin than the digital arteries. So if you cut an artery you would have had to cut the nerve. My guess from your description is that the injury is on the side of the index finger next to the long finger or maybe in the webspace between the fingers. Nerve repairs have the best results if they are done within 3 weeks of the injury. If you see a hand surgeon, he/she can easily diagnose whether you have cut a nerve. ...Read more

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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

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