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Nerve Damage

Effective Treatment to
Ease the Symptoms of
Nerve Damage

Nerve Damage

Nerve damage is one of the main complications of head trauma or traumatic brain injury (TBI). HealthQuest provides treatment for nerve pain and nerve damage due to head injury with the goal to decrease the severity of the neuropathy and the pain. The team of specialists at our multispecialty health care center in Brooklyn, New York includes experienced neurologists, pain management doctors and rehab professionals. They collaborate to develop personalized interventions based on individual conditions, the extent of the nerve damage, and the presence of other injuries.

Nature of

Nerve Damage

Due to

Head Injury

A sudden, violent blow to the head can cause bruising of the brain, bleeding and tearing of the nerve fibers, disrupting the brain’s normal communication and chemical processes. The extent of the nerve damage increases with the severity of the brain injury. Head injury often damages the cranial nerves that emerge directly from the base of the skull and include both motor and sensory nerves. This can cause:

  • Headache and sensitivity
  • Facial muscle paralysis and facial numbness
  • Double vision due to damage to the nerves controlling eye movements
  • Loss of vision
  • Twitching
  • Muscle degeneration
  • Injury to the nerves that provide sense of smell
  • Swallowing problems

Diagnosis

Our specialists will perform comprehensive medical evaluation and diagnostic testing to evaluate the full extent of TBI, nerve damage, and other associated problems. This will include medical history assessment, physical examination and diagnostic tests such as:

  • Blood tests
  • X-ray
  • Computed tomography scan (CT or CAT scan)
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging or brain MRI

Nerve Pain Management

Not all nerve damage can be treated. For those that can, our experts provide patients with customized nerve pain treatment based on their age, overall health, and medical history, severity and type of nerve damage, and other personal considerations. Treatment plans for cranial neuropathies may include:

  • Pain medications: Pain relievers, tricyclic antidepressants, and specific anti-seizure drugs
  • Medicines to reduce swelling in or near the nerve
  • Head trauma treatments which may include TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) and relaxation techniques
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupation therapy

To learn more about our brain injury rehabilitation program, call 718-769-2521 or write to info@hqbk.com.