How Do Nerves Work And What Damages Them?

How Do Nerves Work And What Damages Them?

This Blog Talks About…

  • The nervous system controls your movement, breathing, digestion and ability to feel different sensations (i.e. pain, hot and cold, etc.)
  • There are three different types of nerves in the body that are essential to living a fulfilled life.
  • The pain management physicians at American Spine discuss how nerves work and what happens when they become damaged.

Nerves control normal functioning and sensation. Below are the three types of nerves in the body:

Autonomic Nerves: control involuntary and voluntary functions like heart rate, blood pressure, temperature regulation and digestion.

Motor Nerves: control movement; send signals from your brain through your spinal cord to your muscles to make movements and actions.

Sensory Nerves: control sensation by relaying information from skin and muscles to the brain.

Nerve damage can happen after a traumatic injury, surgery or for no apparent reason at all. Researchers believe a number of conditions or health issues may lead to nerve damage. Some of the most common include cancer, diabetes or an infectious disease.

When damage does occur, your body will exhibit some pretty uncomfortable bodily symptoms like pain, sensitivity, numbness and tingling.

If your motor nerves are damaged you may experience:

  • Muscle atrophy
  • Twitching
  • Paralysis
  • Immobility
  • Muscle weakness

If your autonomic verves are damaged, you may experience:

  • Excessive sweating or
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dry eyes and mouth
  • Bowel and bladder dysfunction

Unfortunately there is no cure for nerve damage. Nevertheless, there are ways to alleviate some of the pain symptoms associated with nerve damage. The team at American Spine provide injections, nerve block and minimally invasive procedures to reduce chronic nerve pain. Check out our treatments page, then call American Spine to schedule your appointment.

At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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