Nerve injuries can result from medical malpractice or personal injury. There are many kinds of nerve injuries that can range in severity. Here are the four main kinds of nerve injuries.
Neuropraxia is the mildest and most typical kind of nerve injury. Neuropraxia means that the nerve was injured by being overstretched. Symptoms of this nerve injury include pain that is similar to a shock or burning sensation. Most neuropraxia injuries are minor and can heal in about three months.
Neuroma is similar to neuropraxia when the nerve stretches but doesn’t tear. With neuroma, the stretch leads to damage in the nerve fibers. This will cause scar tissue that puts pressure on the nerve and affect its ability to heal. Many people who suffer from neuroma cannot fully recover.
The nerve is completely torn in a rupture injury. A rupture will require immediate medical attention and must be repaired through surgery. It can be incredibly risky to repair a ruptured nerve, but it could result in paralysis in the area of the injury if done improperly.
Avulsions are a tear, like ruptures, but much more severe. In an avulsion, the nerve will also separate from the part of the body where it was located. Most avulsions can only be partially repaired through surgery, and will, unfortunately, result in some level of permanent damage.
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