Peripheral nerves are the ones outside your brain and spinal cord. Peripheral nerve disorders distort or interrupt the messages between the brain and the rest of the body. There are more than 100 kinds of peripheral nerve disorders. They can affect one nerve or many nerves.
- Burning or tingling
- Muscle weakness
- Sensitivity to touch
Treatment options for peripheral nerve damage are identified on a case by case basis, dependent on the cause of the damage.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome/ Release
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a hand and arm condition that is caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist. A number of factors can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome, including the anatomy of your wrist, certain underlying health problems congenital predisposition, and possibly patterns of hand use.
- Numbness in the hand
- Tingling in the fingers
- Weakness in hand, forearm, or wrist
- Aching pain between elbow and wrist
There are two variations of carpal tunnel release surgery. The traditional method is the open release, in which the surgeon cuts open the wrist to perform the surgery. The newer method is endoscopic carpal tunnel release, in which a tube that contains a camera is inserted through a tiny incision. The camera guides the doctor as he or she performs the procedure. During a carpal tunnel release, the surgeon cuts through the ligament that is pressing down on the carpal tunnel. This provides more room for the median nerve and tendons passing through the tunnel, and usually improves pain and function. This outpatient procedure allows you to return home the same day because typically only local anesthetics are used.
Ulnar Nerve Transposition
The ulnar nerve is one nerve from a group of nerves called the brachial plexus. It runs down the inside of the arm, behind a bony section, medial epicondyle, on the inner side of the elbow, and all the way down to the hand. Its purpose is to supply sensation to the muscles to the forearm and hand along the way.
Ulnar nerve transposition is a procedure performed to move the ulnar nerve from behind the medial epicondyle to a suitable position where it is not irritated or pinched by this bony prominence. The word transposition means to change in position.