Peripheral Nerve Disorders
There are more than 100 types of peripheral nerve disorders, characterized by numbness, pain, burning or tingling, muscle weakness or sensitivity to touch. Some diseases, such as diabetes, Guillain-Barre syndrome or HIV, can cause peripheral nerve damage.
What Do We Treat?
The neurosurgeons at Providence Medical Group –Southwest Washington Neurosurgery primarily see patients with peripheral nerve damage caused by compression, such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome affecting the use of the wrist and hand
- Ulnar nerve compression affecting the elbow and use of the lower arm
- Peroneal nerve dysfunction causing weakness and pain in the legs
- Tumors in various locations that are arising from or compressing specific nerves
Sometimes an injury can cause peripheral nerve damage, such as brachial plexis injuries; but this type of nerve disruption often resolves as part of the healing process and physical therapy, without surgical intervention.
Although every surgery has its risks, surgery to resolve nerve compression in the wrist, elbow or leg is fairly routine. Our surgeon’s training in conditions and procedures of the peripheral nervous system makes them well suited for treating this common disorder. They have had very good success in returning patients to normal function following surgery and a course of physical therapy.