Nerves are a vital part of what makes pretty much every part of the body function. Autonomic nerves control the involuntary and partially voluntary activities of the body, such as breathing. Motor nerves control every action you make by sending messages from the brain and spinal cord to your muscles. Sensory nerves rely on your skin and muscles to send information back to your spinal cord and brain. This is how you sense pain and heat.
You can see how vital nerves are in every part of your life. Nerve damage is pretty much as you would think. It’s a detrimental effect on your nerves, from various causes, that inhibits the performance of the nerves. If your nerves aren’t working then your body isn’t going to be functioning as it should. We’re going to take a look at nerve damage in more detail and how it can be detected.
What forms of nerve damage can you experience?
There are in excess of 100 different types of nerve damage, and they can all have different symptoms. Some people don’t exhibit any symptoms at all; others can have symptoms including pain, tingling and a burning sensation.
Diabetic neuropathies are some of the most common types of nerve damage. They occur in people who have diabetes. The damage can be incurred at any time but is more common in people who have had diabetes for more than 25 years. The damage can have one or more of several instigators including injury, genetic traits and lifestyle factors such as smoking and drinking alcohol.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a fairly common form of nerve damage. It occurs when one of the nerves controlling movement and sensation in the hand becomes compressed. The result can be tingling, numbness and sometimes pain.
Ulnar neuropathy involves damage to the ulnar nerve at the elbow or wrist and most often results in tingling and numbness in the fourth and fifth fingers.
These are just a few of the different types of nerve damage you might encounter.
How can nerve damage be identified?
In order to determine whether a person has nerve damage, and to what extent, it’s often necessary for an EMG exam to take place. This involves testing the reaction of muscles in the body when they are stimulated by nerves. Traditionally people have often been referred by their physician to other facilities, for these tests to take place. That is changing.
CloudEMG has produced EMG software which enables doctors to have an EMG machine in their own practice, so they can test and analyze results themselves. The professionals at CloudEMG provide expert training to the physicians and provide ongoing support so they can give the best possible service to their patients.
This is a great step forward in the diagnosis and treatment of nerve damage as it’s a far quicker and more efficient process for both the doctor and the patient. It’s an important step of progress in the field of neuropathy.