Peripheral Nerve Disorders

At Haynes Neurosurgical Group, our team of neurosurgeons brings extensive expertise to the management of peripheral nerve disorders. These disorders include a diverse set of conditions that affect the peripheral nervous system, involving nerves of the face, arms, legs, and torso.

Peripheral nerve disorders, also known as peripheral neuropathy, can include peripheral nerve tumors and related conditions. Each condition presents unique challenges, and our comprehensive approach ensures tailored solutions based on individual patient needs.

Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy

The peripheral nervous system includes the nerves that carry messages from your brain and control movement, heartbeat, breathing, digestion, etc. These nerves also carry messages from your body to the brain and help register sensations like pain, heat, and cold.

Peripheral neuropathy occurs when one or more peripheral nerves may be damaged. This means that the affected nerves may transmit messages inaccurately or cease to function altogether. 

Neuropathy is a general term for conditions affecting peripheral nerves, resulting in pain, numbness, and weakness. It can have various causes, including diabetes, infections, or other underlying medical conditions.

Damage to these nerves can cause symptoms such as pain, difficulties in walking, or a range of other issues, depending on the specific nerves affected. Over 100 peripheral nerve disorders have been identified. 

The most common occurrences of peripheral neuropathy include:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS): Compression of the median nerve in the wrist, causing symptoms like numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand and fingers.
  • Median Nerve Entrapment: Entrapment or compression of the median nerve, which can occur at various locations, causing symptoms similar to CTS.
  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapment: Compression or irritation of the ulnar nerve, often leading to symptoms like tingling and weakness in the hand.
  • Sciatic Nerve Entrapment: Compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, resulting in numbness, tingling, and pain along the sciatic nerve's path, typically in the lower back, buttocks, and legs.
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: Compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow, leading to numbness and tingling in the ring and little fingers
  • Radial Nerve Entrapment: Compression of the radial nerve, causing symptoms like pain, weakness, and numbness in the arm and hand
  • Radiculopathy: Compression, inflammation, or injury to a spinal nerve root, often leading to pain, weakness, and numbness along the nerve's pathway

At Haynes Neurosurgical Group, our comprehensive approach involves precise diagnostics, utilizing advanced imaging technologies to identify the nature of the condition. Surgical interventions, when necessary, are tailored to each patient's specific condition.

Diagnosing Peripheral Nerve Disorders

At Haynes Neurosurgical Group, our healthcare team adopts a comprehensive approach to diagnosis. This includes recording detailed patient history, thorough physical examinations, and specialized tests like electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies.

Imaging technologies, such as MRIs and CT scans, offer invaluable insights into the complexities of the condition. They help us better understand the nature and extent of the patient’s condition. 

Treatment for Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Our treatment modalities encompass a range of options, including medication management, physical therapy, and surgical interventions tailored to alleviate symptoms effectively.

Surgical Interventions

In cases where surgical intervention is necessary, our experienced neurosurgeons execute precise procedures, such as nerve decompression and tumor resection. Their focus is always on minimizing the impact of surgery through the use of tools and approaches detailed below: 

  • Microsurgery and Microneurosurgery: These techniques involve intricate surgeries performed using specialized microscopes, which can be beneficial for delicate nerve-related procedures.
  • Neuronavigation: This technology helps with surgical precision, making it valuable for procedures involving nerve structures.
  • Image-Guided Surgery (IGS): IGS utilizes advanced imaging for real-time guidance during surgery, enhancing the accuracy of procedures related to nerve disorders.
  • Intraoperative Ultrasound: This imaging technique can be useful during surgery to visualize and navigate nerve structures accurately.
  • Robotic Spine Surgery: Robotic assistance in spine surgery can enhance precision and reduce the invasiveness of procedures, potentially benefiting certain cases of peripheral neuropathy.
  • Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT): This radiation therapy technique may be considered for specific cases, especially if tumors or lesions impact peripheral nerves.

Our specialists determine the best diagnostic and treatment plan based on the specific characteristics of your condition.

Our commitment to patient care extends beyond surgery. We provide comprehensive rehabilitation services to support our patients throughout their recovery journey. 

By promoting overall health and well-being, our rehabilitation services contribute to achieving optimal outcomes for patients with peripheral nerve disorders.

Specialists in Peripheral Nerve Disorders in Alabama

Peripheral nerve disorders affect sensory and motor abilities in the associated regions of the body, making it a debilitating condition for millions of people. At Haynes Neurosurgical Group, our approach to treating peripheral nerve disorders is diverse, patient-focused, and aims to enhance overall well-being.

Our seasoned neurosurgeons use highly advanced technologies and employ a patient-centric ethos at Alabama’s premiere neurosurgical practice.

To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, call us at (205) 787-8676 or request an appointment online. 

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