Treatments & Conditions | Hand Microsurgery in Erie, PA

Nerve Injuries & Conditions | Hand Microsurgery in Erie, PA

The orthopaedic surgeons of Hand Microsurgery are experienced in providing specialized medical treatment. Nerves are fragile and can be damaged by pressure, stretching, or cutting. Nerves are part of the "electrical wiring" system that carries messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Motor nerves carry messages between the brain and muscles to make the body move. Sensory nerves carry messages between the brain and different parts of the body to signal pain, pressure, and temperature. A ring of tissue covers the nerve, protecting it just like the insulation surrounding an electrical cable. Nerves are composed of many fibers, called axons. These axons are separated into bundles within the nerve. The bundles are surrounded by tissue layers, just like the outer tissue layer that surrounds the nerve. Injury to a nerve can stop signals to and from the brain, causing muscles not to work properly, and a loss of feeling in the injured area. 


Burners and Stingers

Burners and stingers are common injuries in contact or collision sports. A burner or a stinger is an injury to the nerve supply of the upper arm, either at the neck or shoulder. The injury is named for the stinging or burning pain that spreads from the shoulder to the hand. This can feel like an electric shock or lightning bolt down the arm. In most cases, burners and stingers are temporary and symptoms quickly go away.

A few commonly experienced symptoms include:

  • Burning or electric shock sensation
  • Arm numbness and weakness immediately following the injury
  • A warm sensation

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