Peripheral nerves work on the periphery of the central nervous system, connecting other areas of the body to the brain and spine. The 43 pairs of these nerves are connected through an extensive network, and injury is common. Minor cases involve mild compression of the nerves. More serious injuries occur when the nerve is cut or crushed. Keck Medicine of USC orthopaedic surgeons have experience in treating and repairing a variety of nerve injuries.
What are the signs and symptoms of peripheral nerve injury?
- Weakness or muscle atrophy
- Numbness, tingling or burning sensation
- Loss of function
- Sensitivity to light touch