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A thorough history, physical, and appropriate testing must be completed before treatment can be decided. Course of treatment will be dependent on the severity of the nerve injury.

Mild Nerve Injuries

  • Conservative management:
    • Medications
    • Orthotics
    • Physical and/or occupational therapy
    • Massage therapy
    • Weight loss

Severe Nerve Injuries

  • Surgical intervention:
    • Brachial plexus surgery
    • Carpal tunnel release
    • Dorsal Root Entry Zone (DREZ)
    • Free muscle transfer
    • Nerve decompression
    • Nerve graft
    • Nerve repair
    • Nerve sheath tumor removal
    • Thoracic outlet syndrome surgery

Risks of Surgery

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Loss of motor function
  • Loss of sensory function