Billions of nerves are found in the brain, spinal cord, and the peripheral system that connects the rest of the body. The intricate network controls movements, senses, and critical involuntary activities. When the connections are disrupted for some reason, a patient may experience a range of symptoms. The expert doctors at UTHealth Neurosciences can help pinpoint the cause and develop a treatment plan to resolve the issue.
Nerves are fragile and can be damaged by trauma, degeneration, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and a number of other causes. Strokes and tumors are among the acute causes of nerve damage. More than 100 different types of nerve damage exist. Depending on the disorder and its location, symptoms may include persistent headaches, dizziness, muscle weakness, coordination troubles, excessive sweating, altered senses, memory loss, or gastrointestinal symptoms.
Neuropathy, or disorders that impact peripheral nerves, can result in weakness, pain, tingling, and even varying degrees of paralysis. Diabetes is the leading cause of neuropathy; other causes include injury and genetic conditions.
To help gather details on your nerve and muscle function, a doctor may order a nerve conduction study and an electromyography test. Imaging tests, including a CT scan or MRI, might also be used to help make a diagnosis. Treatments can include medications, injections, physical therapy, or surgery.
Early diagnosis and treatment give patients the best chance at preventing further nerve damage. A team at UTHealth Neurosciences will use deep knowledge and cutting-edge technology to identify the cause of your symptoms and develop a personalized treatment path to help you regain your high quality of life.
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Peripheral Nerve Disorders
At UTHealth Neurosciences, we offer patients access to specialized neurological care at clinics across the greater Houston area. To ask us a question, schedule an appointment, or learn more about us, please click below to send us a message. In the event of an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.