Don’t Mess Around with Possible Nerve Damage
- Posted on: Jan 30 2020
At DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, most of the conditions we treat involve some sort of compression of the nerves within the spinal cord or the nerve roots exiting the spinal column out to the extremities. It’s easy for patients to take their nerves for granted, but they can become damaged by continued compression and other causes. When this happens, muscles don’t function correctly and this can lead to a loss of sensation and muscle function.
Here’s some more information about nerves and possible damage.
What is nerve damage?
Your central nervous system plays a part in all physical actions, everything from sensing hot and cold, to feeling when an injury occurs, to breathing.
We have three types of nerves:
- Autonomic nerves — These nerves control our background functions that are mostly involuntary: heart rate, digestion, blood pressure, temperature regulation, etc.
- Motor nerves — These nerves control movements and actions by passing information from the brain and spinal cord to our muscles.
- Sensory nerves — These nerves relay information from the skin and muscles back to the spinal cord and to the brain. These are the pain nerves.
Our nervous system is made up of the central nervous system, involving nerves in the brain and the spinal cord; and the peripheral nervous system, involving the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord.
At DFW Center for Spinal Disorders we typically are addressing nerves in the spinal cord and exiting the spinal cord. But compression at these areas then affects peripheral nerves out in the legs and arms, for instance. Compression in the area around the spine will then affect all of the nerve types listed above. For instance, long-term compression can lead to bladder and bowel problems with the autonomic nerves. It can create weakness and muscle atrophy in motor nerves in the hands and feet. And it will certainly impact the sensory nerves with pain, tingling or prickling sensations, burning sensations, and numbness.
While most peripheral nerves have the ability to regenerate and heal themselves, this isn’t true of the spinal nerves. If these nerves are compressed for too long, they can become permanently damaged. When that happens, the patient will lose function in the extremity serviced by the impacted nerve. You don’t want that, so it’s necessary to address symptoms of nerve compression.
If you’re having muscles weakness, tingling, and other symptoms of nerve compression, it’s time to call the experts at DFW Center for Spinal Disorders at (817) 916-4685.
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