Memphis Peripheral Nerve Care
The peripheral nervous system includes the body’s networks of nerves outside the spinal cord and brain. Peripheral nerves connect the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to the muscles and organs of the body. They control muscle contractions and relay sensory information from different areas of the body to the central nervous system.
Most cases of nerve pain (neuropathy) involve peripheral nerves. Whether caused by diabetes, trauma, metabolic problems, or infections, peripheral nerve issues can cause debilitating pain and discomfort. At University Plastic Surgeons in Memphis, we provide state-of-the-art treatment for a range of peripheral nerve conditions.
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Causes of Peripheral Nerve Damage
Peripheral neuropathy is damage to peripheral nerves. It has a number of causes, including:
Neuropathy affects more than half the people with this condition.
Motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, and other trauma can damage or sever peripheral nerves. Repetitive motion injuries can also lead to nerve pressure.
Certain viral and bacterial infections, including shingles, hepatitis C, diphtheria, HIV, Lyme disease, and leprosy can cause peripheral nerve damage.
Vitamin E and certain B vitamins, including B1, B6, B12, and niacin, are essential to peripheral nerve health.
Chemotherapy medications used to treat cancer can cause peripheral nerve pain.
Peripheral nerve problems can be caused by exposure to toxic substances, including chemicals and heavy metals.
Autoimmune disease, certain inherited disorders, bone marrow disorders, kidney disease, liver disease, connective tissue disorders, and hypothyroidism can cause damage to the peripheral nerves.