Nerve Damage


The nerves in the body acts as a system that carries information between the brain and the rest of the body. Messages are sent from the brain to the muscles to make the body move. Some nerves carry information about pain, pressure, or temperature from the body to the brain. Many minuscule fibers are compacted inside each nerve to carry the information being sent. During an accident, the nerves of the body could be damaged.

Causes of Nerve Damage

Nerves can be damaged when they are applied with a lot of pressure, when they are stretched, or when they are cut. During car accidents, a person may get their nerves injured and cut. A cut to the nerve can cause it to no longer transmit messages because the message cannot jump through a gap in the nerve. 

Symptoms of Nerve Damage

The signs of nerve damage can vary depending on the nerve injured, the severity of the damage, and the type of injury. Some may include:

  • Numbness: A person may feel numbness on some parts of the their body
  • Weakness: A person may feel a lot weaker than usual
  • Pain: A person may feel severe pain near the injury site.

Some other signs of nerve injury can also include: smaller muscles, change of color on the skin, the amount of sweat changes.

How to Treat Nerve Damage

Some nerve damages can get better without the need of medical help, but some damages need to be repaired.

  • Mild Nerve Damage: The nerves can repair themselves within minutes or within a couple weeks. Throughout this period, the signals sent between the brain and the body can be altered. In some cases, a surgery is needed.
  • Broken nerve fibers: The nerves can grow back to their regular spots but this process can take up several months, and the signals between the brain and body will stop until the nerves grow back. A surgery may be needed.
  • Severed Nerve: When the nerves are cut, surgery is typically required to allow the nerve to heal correctly.

How Long is Recovery?

The nerve fibers grow slowly during its time of recovery. It can take several months for the nerve to grow back to its original state after an injury. It can also take this long for muscles to start working well again. There might be numbness or pain during the recovery period. Physical therapy is sometimes needed after a nerve injury.