Many of our patients in physical therapy suffer from nerve injury due to trauma, chronic impingement or following surgical interventions that cause them to experience loss of strength and/or sensation. Nerves work to convey motor and sensory messages to the muscles and skin from the brain and spinal cord so that we are able to control our limbs and interpret sensation. Injury to a nerve can result in denervation of muscle and/or loss of sensation, which can cause pain and disability. It is also possible that in some people both of these outcomes will occur with nerve injury. Nerve recovery is largely dependent upon the extent or degree of injury. There are three main classifications of nerve injury:
With first and second degree injuries have a good prognosis and full recovery can be expected; however neurotmesis (third, fourth and fifth degree) have less potential for recovery without intervention. In general, nerves can be expected to regenerate at a rate of 1 millimeter per day or 1 inch per month; which can be a very slow process if the injury is widespread or more severe in nature. Early interventions by a physical therapist may aide in reducing stress and impingement and to accelerate neuro-reeducation.
Come see our physical therapists in Clermont, Florida or Ocoee, Florida for more information on your specific condition.