What are peripheral nerve injuries?
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Peripheral nerves carry information to and from the brain and spinal cord. They provide the signals to the legs, arms, hands and feet to perform all basic movements. Injuries to the shoulder, arms and legs are common, causing peripheral nerve injuries; they number in the hundreds of thousands each year. These include:
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Cubital tunnel (ulnar nerve entrapment)
Why rely on Washington University experts to treat peripheral nerve injuries?
Many specialists who treat these regions of the body often are focused on other types of injuries and have limited expertise with the peripheral nervous system. At Washington University, neurosurgeons work together with plastic and reconstructive surgeons, neurologists and therapists to offer comprehensive treatment of complex peripheral nerve injuries.