Nerve Injuries

What are nerve injuries?

A nerve injury is any injury to the nerves and nervous tissue that carry information from your brain to every part of your body. There are six classes of nerve injuries:

  • First-degree nerve injury (neurapraxia): complete recovery occurs between a few days and three months after the injury
  • Second-degree nerve injury (axonotmesis): complete recovery takes significantly longer than a first-degree injury
  • Third-degree nerve injury: recovery is only partially and takes longer still
  • Fourth-degree nerve injury: occurs when dense scar tissue develops the nerve, completely blocking any recovery without surgery.
  • Fifth-degree nerve injury: occurs when a nerve is totally separated, requiring surgery
  • A sixth-degree injury: a combination of other types of nerve injury, with treatment and recovery depending on the particular types of injury involved

Causes of nerve injuries

Common causes of nerve injuries include electrical accidents, drug injection injuries, compression injuries (resulting from excessive pressure on a nerve), stretching injuries and blunt trauma.

Symptoms of nerve injuries

Symptoms of nerve injuries include:

  • Pain and sensitivity in injured area
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or prickling
  • Burning
  • Weakness in muscles around the injury
  • Paralysis


For serious nerve injuries, surgery may be the best treatment option. Less severe injuries, however, respond to less invasive treatments, such as:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Medication
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Weight loss management
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Treatments for Nerve Injuries

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