What are the peripheral nerves?
Your peripheral nerves form the peripheral nervous system, which is part of the nervous system that exists outside of your brain and spinal cord.
The peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system are the two components that make up your entire nervous system. Like an electrical circuit, your central nervous system, which comprises your brain and spinal cord, relays messages to and from your peripheral nervous system. Your peripheral nervous system then sends messages between the central system and other parts of your body.
What are peripheral nerve conditions?
Your peripheral nervous system is less protected than your central nervous system that is encased by your skull and spine. This makes your peripheral nervous system more susceptible to injury and disorders.
Peripheral nerve damage typically occurs when nerves become compressed, trapped or severed. Health conditions and traumatic events such as contact-sport injuries and motor-vehicle accidents can also cause damage to your peripheral nerves.
Peripheral nerve damage conditions include:
How is peripheral nerve damage treated?
If you experience any nerve pain, you should consult with your GP who will assess your condition. They may refer you to a neurosurgeon who will provide you with a specialised diagnosis and treatment. Sometimes, but not always, this may require peripheral nerve surgery.
Before your neurosurgical consultation, your GP may send you for medical imaging – such as x-rays and scans – tests and other clinical investigations. Once complete, take these reports with you to your neurosurgical consultation.
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