The peripheral nervous system is made up of nerves. The central nervous system is made up of the brain and spinal cord. Together, they make up the entire nervous system. Like an electrical circuit, the central nervous system sends messages to and from the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system carries information to and from the central nervous system. This helps your body work.
Peripheral nerve conditions happen when peripheral nerves get compressed, trapped or severed. This can happen over time or because of a traumatic event, like a sport injury or motor-vehicle accident.
Your skull and spine protects the central nervous system. But your peripheral nervous system is less protected. This means your peripheral nervous system is more susceptible to injury and disorders.
Peripheral nerve conditions include:
How is peripheral nerve damage treated?
If you have nerve pain, see your general practitioner (GP). They will assess your condition. They may refer you to a neurosurgeon who will give you a specialised diagnosis and treatment. Sometimes treatment may involve peripheral nerve surgery.
Before your neurosurgical appointment, 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 appointment.
If you would like to see Dr Raj Reddy, make sure you have a referral. Call his practice to make an appointment.