When a child has conditions such as Cerebral Palsy or Erb’s Palsy, it may be a result of nerve injuries. Nerve injuries typically occur during childbirth, especially when it is a difficult labor, but can also occur in adults as well. There are four main types of nerve injuries which all may share similar symptoms, but range in severity. Here are the four types of nerve injuries.
The most common type of nerve injury, Neuropraxia is when a nerve stretches but doesn’t tear. If you experience this type of nerve injury, you will likely feel a shock or burning sensation that will shoot up and down the damaged nerve. These are minor nerve injuries that will typically heal on their own within three months.
These nerve injuries are also caused by the overstretching of a nerve, but not a tear. However, this is considered to be a more serious injury compared to Neuropraxia. Neuroma causes damage to nerve fibers, which results in the formation of scar tissue as they heal. The scar tissue will always be there and it puts pressure on the healthy nerve. Because of this, people only partially recover from these nerve injuries.
When a nerve is ruptured, that means it is torn and not just stretched. A rupture will not heal on its own and you should seek medical attention as soon as you notice the problem. Doctors will typically take a nerve from another part of a child’s body and graft it to the damaged area to heal the damage.
This is the most serious type of nerve injury and occurs when the nerve is completely torn and separated from the body part that it is attached to. Unfortunately, these nerve injuries don’t heal on their own and also can never be reattached to the body, resulting in permanent damage. In some situations, doctors may be able to graft a nerve from another part of the body to restore some function, but not all.
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