Understanding Peripheral Nerve Issues

Anatomically speaking, the human nervous system is divided into two categories. The central nervous system is made up of the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system is made up of all the other nerves in your body. This means that once nerves exit the skull or spine, they become part of the peripheral nervous system.

Not all pain is due to a peripheral nerve problem. It is therefore very important to try and determine if the chronic pain you may be experiencing stems from some type of peripheral nerve injury or not. Patients with peripheral nerve injuries typically experience one or more of the following clinical symptoms or signs:

  • Pain (usually quite severe)
  • Muscle weakness (mild to severe)
  • Painful sensitivity to a particular area of skin
  • Numbness or decreased sensation
  • Tingling or pins and needles
  • Electrical or burning sensations
  • Unusual color changes of hands or feet (one or both)

If you experience any of these symptoms, you are probably suffering from some type of peripheral nerve problem. If that’s the case, surgery may be an option to provide long-term relief. Peripheral nerve surgery aims to correct the underlying problem, thereby providing permanent pain relief rather than trying to manage the pain.

See If The Tollestrup Team Can Help

Dr. Tim Tollestrup and his team may be able to help. Call us at 702-666-0463 or fill out the form on this page to set up a consultation to determine your options.

Disclaimer

We do not guarantee any specific results or outcomes for surgery, should our practice work on your behalf. Information on this website may be used as a reference for successes we’ve achieved for our patients, and not as an assurance or guarantee for similar results in all instances.