A peripheral nerve injury can disrupt the communication signals between the brain and the body. If the injury is left untreated, it could result in pain and permanent loss of function. A peripheral nerve injury can occur anywhere in the body. Some of the more common modes of injuries are compression injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome), stretch injuries (Erb’s Palsy), neuroma (painful bundle of scar tissue), and transection injuries (cuts from knives, saws, or other sharp objects).
Nerve injuries can be grouped by their cause. Below are the most common causes of nerve injuries.
Nerves may be compressed by surrounding tissues which increases pressure and can cause burning & pain.
Transected Nerves may occur due to a traumatic event.
Nerves may be stretched to the point of injury which can occur during childbirth as the baby exits the birth canal.
Nerves may be injured by a degenerative disease or tumor
Nerves can be burned by many things including fire or caustic chemicals that are accidentally spilled on the skin.