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Peripheral nerve disorders, also called peripheral neuropathies, include more than 100 conditions that affect the way the brain — part of the central nervous system — communicates with the rest of the body — the peripheral nervous system.
The peripheral nerves control muscle contraction and provide sensation to touch, pressure, pain, and temperature. Neuropathy is disease or damage to a nerve or bundle of nerves. Peripheral nerve disorders range from single-nerve compression like carpal tunnel syndrome to body-wide peripheral neuropathy from infectious or inflammatory diseases.
The neurology team at Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California is focused on providing exceptional diagnosis and treatment of peripheral nerve disorders in Sacramento and the surrounding area. Find a Doctor to receive expert care from a neurologist or neuromuscular disorder specialist near you.
People who have a peripheral nerve disorder may have inherited a defective (mutated) gene, or they can develop the condition later in life.
Peripheral nerve disorders that develop without a family history of peripheral neuropathy have many causes, including:
Toxins, such as certain medications (including chemotherapy), insecticides or lead, can also cause peripheral nerve disorders.
Signs and symptoms can vary depending on the exact condition. Some may occur suddenly, and others develop with time. Some of the symptoms of peripheral nerve disorders include:
In severe cases, a peripheral nerve disorder can lead to respiratory problems and organ failure which, ultimately, can be life threatening. Speak with a neurologist at Dignity Health for the right diagnosis.
The treatment and prevention options our specialists recommend depend on the type of condition involved. No matter your treatment, you can feel confident that our experienced neurologists, therapists, and other staff members are highly trained and use the latest tools and techniques. Providing you the best possible care is our priority.
Our treatment strategies include: