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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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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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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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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 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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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