Although nerve damage is associated with pain, tingling, and numbness, peripheral nerve disorders lead to many other varied symptoms, depending on the type of nerve affected. Edward J. O’Connor, MD, FAAN, and Russ Shimizu, MD, at Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles have extensive experience determining the cause of peripheral nerve disorders and providing innovative treatments that effectively relieve symptoms and help nerves heal. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Santa Monica, California, or use the online booking feature.
Peripheral nerve disorders, also called peripheral neuropathy, occur when nerves can’t function because they’re damaged. Your peripheral nerves include motor nerves that run from the brain to your body and control movement, sensory nerves that deliver messages about sensations to your brain, and autonomic nerves that control essential functions like your heart and digestion.
Peripheral neuropathies are often caused by:
Another type of peripheral nerve disorder, called entrapment neuropathy, causes pain and loss of function due to chronic compression of the nerves.
Your symptoms depend on if its a motor, sensory, or autonomic nerve that’s damaged.
Keep in mind there are more symptoms than those reflected on this list. Additionally, symptoms aren’t always straightforward. For example, sensory nerve damage and motor nerve damage can both cause a loss of reflexes.
You have 12 cranial nerves and all but one, the optic nerve, are peripheral nerves. Cranial nerves go from the brain to your head, neck, and trunk. Some control senses such as seeing, hearing, and taste, while others control facial muscles or regulate glands.
Cranial nerve abnormalities develop when one or more of the nerves are damaged by injuries, tumors, inflammation, or vascular disease leading to an insufficient blood supply. Certain drugs and toxins can also affect your cranial nerves.
Some of the most common cranial nerve abnormalities cause:
Diagnosing cranial nerve abnormalities often requires brain imaging such as an MRI.
Your treatment begins by diagnosing and treating any underlying conditions causing your nerve disorder. The doctors at Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles offer innovative interventional procedures to treat peripheral nerve disorders, such as:
To get expert treatment for peripheral nerve disorders, call Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles or book an appointment online.