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Signs of Nerve Damage in Hand

Signs of nerve damage in hands are easily noticeable. And to help you identify what these signs are, here is an article for your reference.
The nervous system is the medium of the body that serves as a communication line, enabling the brain and other parts of the body to communicate with each other. Right from breathing, to feeling the warmth of fire, or the coldness of ice, it is the nerves or neurons in the body that remain in control. Autonomic nerves, motor nerves and sensory nerves are known to be the three kinds of nerves which make up the nervous system of the body. If we speak of nerve damage in the limbs, then it is most likely that the motor nerves or the sensory nerves have experienced some kind of malfunction. For your information, the motor nerves remain in charge for the movements and the actions that take place in the body. And the body can feel pain, sense hot and cold, or have other feelings, with the help of the sensory nerves. And as far as the autonomic nerves are concerned, they have been assigned the task of controlling functions which are voluntary or partially voluntary; examples include digestion, heart rate, etc.

Identification of Nerve Damage

Below, you will come across some of the most common signs and symptoms of nerve damage. However, there might be other kinds too. So working closely with the health care provider, or with a doctor may help in knowing about this condition in an elaborate manner. Signs that indicate nerve damage in hands or legs are as follows:
  • Weakness
  • Muscle atrophy (condition that is characterized by a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse)
  • Twitching (a manifestation of nervous condition; in most cases, it is an acute muscle spasm)
  • Paralysis
  • Burning sensation in the affected part
  • Tingling feeling
  • A feeling of something pricking the skin
  • Pain, which might be accompanied by numbness
Treatment Options

Doctors are of the opinion that in most cases, this condition remains incurable. But they also do not deny the fact that many treatment options have been developed, using which the symptoms can be reduced or prevented from recurring. For a condition such as nerve damage, it is essential to know that often it has a progressive nature. Meaning, it keeps getting worse until a point where it can cause permanent damage to the affected part. That is why, as soon as one notices any sign of nerve damage in any part of the body, it must be reported to a doctor.

The first goal of in the treatment process is to deal with the underlying condition that has caused the damage. For instance, in about 50% of diabetics, nerve damage becomes a common occurrence. And if this is the cause, then the patient would be recommended to follow the right treatment for keeping the blood sugar levels under control.

Other measures which can be included in the treatment may include addressing any nutritional deficiency, physical therapy, dealing with autoimmune diseases (these can be some common causes too), and changing medications suspected to damage the nerves.

Most people have also found relief by practicing alternative techniques such as acupuncture, biofeedback, hypnosis and meditation. And to conclude, if nerve damage gets treated at an early stage, then a lot can be done to stop the condition from worsening with time.
By Rajib Singha
Published: 3/10/2011
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