Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Nerve Compression Injuries

Nerve CompressionNerve compression injuries happen when nerves become pinched or compressed by a bone or joint out of place. Compressed nerves may cause numbness and weakness in the muscle connected with the nerve. The muscle may atrophy (waste away) if the compression is not relieved.

Symptoms

Pain

Pain can be off and on (constant or intermittent); the intensity of the pain can range from a dull ache to searing agony. It may come suddenly (acute and short-term), with or without any reason, or gradual and chronic (long-term). If you have severe pain that lasts more than a few days without improving, you may want to see a physician.

Pain can also be described as aching, tight, stiff, sore, burning, throbbing or pulling. The pain may worsen while bending, sitting, walking or standing too long in one position. It may also be worse at different times of the day, such as when you wake up in the morning. Activities, like coughing, sneezing, or walking, may increase pressure on the pinched nerve and make the pain worse.

Numbness and weakness

If you feel numbness and weakness in the area, this could also be a pinched or compressed nerve. The muscle in this area may waste away (atrophy) if the compression is not relieved.

Nerve compression can happen in many parts of the body, and our specialists can refer you to those who can best treat you. In the plastic and reconstructive department, our specialists particularly treat carpal tunnel.

Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel is a nerve injury where a nerve (called the median nerve) is pinched (or compressed) as it passes through an opening from the wrist to the hand (called the carpal tunnel). The opening, the carpal tunnel, is formed by the carpal bones on the bottom of the wrist and the transverse carpal ligament across the top of the wrist. Since the median nerve gives feeling and function to the thumb and three middle fingers, the pinch (compression) can have painful symptoms.

Carpal tunnel can be caused by repetitive motions that put stress on your wrists; though some people just have smaller carpel tunnels. Methods to treat carpal tunnel include stretching, wearing a splint, strengthening your forearm muscles and, if necessary, surgery. Our specialists can help you decide what treatments are best for your carpal tunnel or other nerve injury.

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Cori A. Agarwal, M.D.

Locations
Madsen Health Center (801) 587-4830
University Hospital (801) 587-4830

Specialties: Breast Surgery, Flap Surgery, Head & Neck Reconstruction, Oculoplastic & Facial Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic, Plastic Surgery, Facial, Plastic Surgery, Laser, Trunk & Extremity Reconstruction, Wound Healing

Jayant Agarwal, M.D.

Locations
Huntsman Cancer Hospital (801) 587-4241
University Hospital (801) 585-2318

Specialties: Breast Surgery, Flap Surgery, Head & Neck Reconstruction, Microsurgery, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Facial, Plastic Surgery, Hand Upper Extremity & Microvascular Surgery, Trunk & Extremity Reconstruction, Wound Healing

Courtney H. Crombie, M.D.

Locations
Madsen Health Center (801) 581-3271
University Hospital (801) 581-3271

Specialties: Breast Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic, Plastic Surgery, Facial, Trunk & Extremity Reconstruction, Wound Healing

Jaron McMullin, M.D.

Locations
South Jordan Health Center (801) 585-2639
University Hospital (801) 585-2639

Specialties: Breast Surgery, Flap Surgery, Hand Surgery, Migraine, Pain Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic, Trunk & Extremity Reconstruction, Wound Healing

W. Bradford Rockwell, M.D.

Locations
Madsen Health Center (801) 585-3253
University Hospital (801) 585-3253

Specialties: Breast Surgery, Flap Surgery, Frostbite, Microsurgery, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic, Plastic Surgery, Facial, Plastic Surgery, Hand Upper Extremity & Microvascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Laser, Trunk & Extremity Reconstruction, Wound Healing