Nerves are the medium where messages are sent to and from the brain to the different parts of the body. Some nerves send signals from the brain to the muscles to help us move, while others carry messages about pressure, pain or temperature to the brain. Nerves are an extremely important element of our body, as they help us react or respond to external stimuli.
At times, due to an accident or otherwise, the functioning of some nerves might be disrupted. This can cause a number of issues in performing daily activities in a normal way. Injuries that affect the nerves directly are known as nerve injuries.
Symptoms of Nerve Injury
The symptoms can vary according to the type of injury, the nerves injured, the severity of the injury, etc.
Some of the common symptoms of a nerve injury are:
- Pain: This is the most common symptom. You might experience pain at any point along the nerve, but mostly it is at the site of impact.
- Numbness: In case the nerves that transmit information about external stimuli (heat, pressure, etc.) are damaged, you might feel numbness in a specific area after an injury.
- Weakness: Sensory nerves transmit signals to the brain and motor nerves help you move. Some nerves perform both these functions and injury to such nerves can lead to some amount of weakness.
The symptoms of nerve injury may occur at regular intervals, if the injury occurs again. They can also be constant, if the injury is severe.
Other symptoms of injury include color changes to the skin, decrease in size of muscles and changes in the amount of sweat in the affected parts.
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