Peripheral Nerve Conditions

Peripheral nerve injuries are a significant concern, often resulting in substantial discomfort and functional impairment. These injuries can involve any of the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord and affect their ability to send signals to the muscles and skin.

Our practice is dedicated to providing cutting-edge care for patients suffering from these injuries, utilising state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and treatment options tailored to individual needs.

Understanding Peripheral Nerve Conditions

Peripheral nerve injuries can vary greatly in severity and may impact different areas of the body, depending on the location and type of nerve affected. These conditions often require a nuanced approach to treatment, combining both surgical and non-surgical methods to restore function and relieve pain.

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Common Types of Peripheral Nerve Conditions

  • Overview: This condition is caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist and is characterised by pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm.
  • Causes: Repetitive hand use, improper wrist posture, and underlying health conditions can contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Symptoms: Symptoms typically include burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm and thumb or fingers.
  • Risks: Risk factors include repetitive motion jobs, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.
  • Treatment: Treatment options range from wrist splinting and anti-inflammatory medications to corticosteroid injections. In cases where conservative treatments fail, surgical intervention to release the median nerve may be recommended.
  • Overview: Also known as cubital tunnel syndrome, this condition involves pressure or stretching of the ulnar nerve, which runs through the elbow and forearm into the hand.
  • Causes: It can occur due to elbow trauma, prolonged elbow flexion, or anatomical abnormalities.
  • Symptoms: Symptoms include numbness and tingling in the ring and little fingers, arm pain, and weakness in the hand.
  • Risks: Frequent bending of the elbow, leaning on the elbow for long periods, and fluid buildup in the elbow can increase the risk.
  • Treatment: Treatment may involve physical therapy, braces or splints, and activity modification. Surgery might be necessary to relieve the pressure on the nerve if symptoms persist.
  • Overview: Trauma to peripheral nerves can result from accidents, falls, fractures, or cuts.
  • Causes: Physical injury is the primary cause, whether through blunt trauma, penetration injuries, or stretching injuries.
  • Symptoms: Symptoms may include a lack of muscle control, decreased sensation, or paralysis in the affected areas.
  • Risks: Individuals engaged in high-risk activities or jobs are more susceptible to these injuries.
  • Treatment: Surgical repair may be necessary to reconnect nerve fibres and restore function. Non-surgical treatments may include physical therapy and pain management.

Dr Raoul Pope is a highly experienced Neurosurgeon and sub-specialised Spine Surgeon with 20+ years of experience. He consults and operates across Sydney.

Dr Pope completed a sub-specialised, dedicated, international training fellowship in complex neurosurgical and orthopaedic spine surgery at a recognised, high-volume Centre of Excellence in spine surgery, in Canada.

He offers telehealth consultations and welcomes both private and public patients.