Nerve-related pain often makes us think of the spinal cord and our central nervous system, but there are many more nerves that channel signals throughout the body. These are known as peripheral nerves. Trauma or conditions that exert pressure on any of these nerves can result in tingling, weakness, pain and loss of use in a limb or other body part.
Dr. Sina Rajamand and his team at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno, Nevada, provide accurate diagnosis and advanced treatment for peripheral nerve conditions to bring you relief. Let’s learn more about some common peripheral nerve conditions.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The carpal tunnel is in the wrist and is formed by bones on three sides with a roof of flexible tissue known as the transverse carpal ligament. The median nerve that controls sensations and movement of the middle, index, and ring fingers, along with the thumb, runs through this tunnel. The flexor tendons that bend the thumb and fingers also run through this tunnel. Any compression on these tendons or the median nerve can cause pain, tingling, numbness, a burning sensation, weakness in the hand and fingers and radiating pain up through the forearm.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
The cubital tunnel is inside the elbow and allows the ulnar nerve to pass through, protecting it from injury. This nerve travels from the neck to the hand and is one of the three main nerves in the arm that control movement and sensations. When it is compressed, it can cause pain, numbness, loss of use of the hand or fingers and radiating pain up or down the arm.
Common Peroneal Nerve Entrapment
The peroneal nerve runs along the side of the knee through the fibular tunnel. When this tunnel narrows and compresses the nerve, it is called peroneal nerve entrapment. This nerve controls movement of the ankle and toes. Compressing this nerve can cause pain, numbness and loss of use of the foot, difficulty walking and foot drop.
Treating Peripheral Nerve Conditions
Dr. Rajamand is highly skilled at using minimally invasive, endoscopic procedures to treat neuropathic conditions like those reviewed above. This type of procedure only uses a few small incisions, so healing and recovery are faster and surgical risks are reduced. Contact the team at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno if you think you may have one of these conditions. Dr. Rajamand can perform an exam and testing to pinpoint the source of your pain or problem and provide professional treatment for relief.