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Your peripheral nerves link your brain and spinal cord to the other parts of your body, such as your muscles and skin. Peripheral nerves are fragile and easily damaged. A nerve injury can interfere with your brain's ability to communicate with your muscles and organs.

If you feel tingling or numbness in your leg, arm, shoulder or hand, you may have injured one or more nerves when you had an accident or broke a bone. You may also experience numbness or tingling if a nerve is being compressed due to factors such as a narrow passageway, tumor or other diseases.

It's important to get medical care for a peripheral nerve injury as soon as possible because nerve tissue can be repaired. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent complications and permanent injury.

  • Treatment Options:
  • There are several types of treatment available which must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, depending on the underlying cause, age of the patient, and severity of the spasticity. Different treatments share the common goals of:

    • Relieving the signs and symptoms of spasticity.
    • Reducing the pain and frequency of muscle contractions.
    • Improving gait, hygiene, activities of daily living, and ease of care.
    • Reducing caregiver challenges such as dressing, feeding, transport, and bathing
    • Improving voluntary motor functions involving objects such as reaching for, grasping, moving, and releasing
    • Enabling more normal muscle growth in children

  • Physical and Occupational Therapy:This therapy is designed to reduce muscle tone, maintain or improve range of motion and mobility, increase strength and coordination, and improve comfort. Therapy may include stretching and strengthening exercises, temporary braces or casts, limb positioning, application of cold packs, electrical stimulation, and biofeedback.
  • Oral Medications.The use of oral medications to treat spasticity may be indicated when symptoms interfere with daily functioning or with sleep. Effective medication management may require the use of two or more drugs or a combination of oral medications with another type of treatment. It is very important to work closely with a doctor to devise an individualized treatment plan. Side effects vary greatly by class of medication and patient.

  • Treatment Options

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