Nerves are, basically, the body’s electrical wiring system. Nerves
carrying messages, called “impulses,” from the brain to out
muscles and organs and back. These impulses tell the parts of our body
what the brain wants them to do. When nerves suffer damage from an accident
or injury, the signals from the brain can be garbled or interrupted completely
– depending on the type of nerve damage. The general medical term
for nerve damage is “peripheral neuropathy,” which means that
there is some type of signal disruption within the nerves.
Construction workers can suffer nerve damage in falls from ladders or heights or falling objects.
bus accident or truck accident victims or pedestrians can also suffer nerve damage.
Nerves can be compressed by
herniated discs, they can be stretched, or even severed. Any injury that irritates or
pinches a nerve can affect the muscles or other parts of the of the body
served by those nerves. An arm or leg may be paralyzed, or an accident
victim may feel numbness, tingling sensations, or shooting or burning
pain. In some cases, nerve damage to the lower back can result in loss
of bladder control.
Nerve damage can be permanent. Once a nerve has been cut or severed, little
can be done to surgically to repair it. A compressed nerve may be released
by surgery to cut back whatever is pressing on it (such as a
herniated disc) and an irritated nerve may heal with rest, physical therapy, chiropractic
care or exercise.
The nerves serving our arms and legs run through the
spinal cord and then branch out, like tree branches. Nerves coming out at the
top of the spine or cervical area service our shoulders, arms or hands. Nerves coming out through our
lower or lumbar spine serve our buttocks, legs and feet. The body areas so served are known
as “dermatomes”. See the drawing:
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Now you can see why a
herniated disc injury in the cervical spine can affect the shoulders, arms or hands, and a herniated
disc injury to the lumbar spine can affect the legs and feet. Therefore,
this pain from a disc pressing a nerve produces a pain that travels or
shoots to another part of the accident victim’s body. This radiating
pain is known as “radicular” pain or
Your doctor can diagnose nerve damage through a nerve conduction test (EMG
or electromyography) which measures the signals traveling to the muscles
from your brain.
In addition to
radiculopathy, there are other types of nerve injuries, which can affect other parts
of the body or other bodily systems or organs. An nerve injury accident
lawyer can work with your doctor to present the base case possible for
the client hurt in an accident who has suffered nerve damage.
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