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How to cure damaged nerves

Updated April 17, 2017

Nerves run throughout the body, allowing you to feel your environment through the sense of touch. If you have suffered nerve damage, don't panic. There are many ways that damaged nerves are healed and cured. Consult your doctor before trying any methods for yourself. Identify the cause of the damage to prevent it from happening again.

Practice daily light exercise or begin physiotherapy. Exercise increases oxygen flow to the damaged nerve and blood flood is enough for the nerve to heal. Physiotherapy further assists this process by preventing muscle atrophy and the nerves have a chance to heal. Do exercises such as water aerobics or walking. If you have nerve damage in the hands or ankles, a physiotherapist can provide simple daily exercises at home. Go to a physiotherapy centre a few times a week for spinal, face and neck nerve damage.

Take vitamin B and start a healthy diet. Learn more about how nerve damage is caused by illnesses, such as diabetes, which are caused by an unhealthy diet. Change your diet immediately if this is the case. Consult a doctor or dietitian to plan a diet which is right for you.

Adding vitamin B tablets to your diet also assists nerve healing. Nerves have a protective sheath around them, made mostly of myelin. Vitamin B assists with the production of myelin in the body and many people are deficient. Talk to your doctor about the best way to increase your vitamin B levels through diet as well.

Explore the option of surgery. Surgery for nerve damage generally involves two procedures. The first takes a broken nerve and literally sews it back together. The second procedure involves taking a nerve from a different part of the body and grafting it onto the damaged nerve. Have this procedure performed when the damaged nerve is in a vital area such as the neck, face or spine. Know that surgery is generally a last option for nerve damage sufferers or when nerve damage is extensive.

Get cortisone injections to allow nerves to heal themselves. Reduce the swelling around the damaged area, often caused by breaking a bone or a result from surgery. Cortisone relieves pressure on the nerves, allowing them to heal.

Take pain medication to seek relief from nerve damage. Know it is only a temporary measure to give the nerves time to heal while living a normal life. Do not use pain killers long-term.

Things You'll Need

  • Exercise gear
  • Physiotherapist
  • Doctor
  • Pain killers
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About the Author

Sarah Fardell has over five years experiencing working as a freelance writer and copy editor for several print and Web publications in China and Australia. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in film she won a scholarship to study at the prestigious Beijing Film Academy in China.