As part of Nervember - the campaign from the International Pain Foundation - we are sharing a number of articles, blogs and case studies to highlight nerve pain as a symptom of an injury and nerve conditions which can develop from injuries.
In this article we focus on Peripheral Nerve Injury which is often described as peripheral neuropathy.
The peripheral nerves send messages from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body but can be easily disrupted when damage to the nerve fibres occurs. This generally develops when nerve fibres in the extremities of the body, (the hands, feet or arms) are damaged. You can suffer a range of mild to severe disabling symptoms.
The different types of nerve fibre which can be damaged are:
- Motor Nerves - these control your muscles including those used for holding things, walking, and talking.
- Sensory Nerves - these are the nerves that transmit sensations including pain and touch.
- Autonomic Nerves - these regulate automatic functions including breathing, bladder function, blood pressure and digestion of food.
Symptoms from a peripheral nerve injury can differ depending on which type of nerve fibre has been damaged, or can sometimes include damage to more than one of the different types of nerve fibre.
Peripheral Nerve Injury can be caused by injury to the nerve fibres, from an accident, some medical conditions such as diabetes and some auto immune diseases.
Peripheral Nerve Injury as a Result of An Accident
Because nerve fibres are so fragile, peripheral nerve injury can be caused by an accident or as a result of medical negligence.
Some of the more common types of accident which can result in peripheral nerve injury include:
- Electrocution injury
- Severe bruising from an accident such as a road traffic accident or a fall from height in an accident at work
- A Laceration injury from a cut or tear to the nerves
- Gunshot injury from a military accident or assault from a criminal injury
- A crushing injury where the nerves have been crushed or compressed
- A sporting injury where the nerves have been stretched, crushed or compressed
- An injury to the bone as a result of a fracture
- Brachial plexus injury after a high speed road traffic accident particularly motor bike accidents
- Nerve Damage injury as a result of medical negligence including an injection injury or nerve damage as a result of surgery
- Nerve injury as a result of trench foot or a Non Freezing Cold Injury (NFCI)
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome as a result of an Industrial Disease Accident at Work such as Repetitive Strain Injury ( RSI ), Vibrating Tools or Manual Handling
- Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome ( HAVS) after using vibrating equipment at work
- A spinal injury
Early diagnosis and treatment for peripheral nerve injury is key and it is important you seek specialist advice if you believe you have suffered a nerve injury. Get in touch with our expert Personal Injury Solicitors for initial advice.