Peroneal Nerve Compression

Peroneal Nerve Injury

Peroneal nerve injuries occur when the peroneal nerve is damaged, leading to leg pain in the knees and lower extremities. This condition can have a multitude of effects, including the inability to perform everyday tasks and debilitating pain. 

If you are interested in learning more about peroneal nerve injuries and about the treatment options available through BEST Health System, follow this guide.

Causes

There are many different ways that the peroneal nerve can be injured. Some of the causes include, but are not limited to:

  • Knee fracture or leg fracture
  • Dislocation of the knee
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • Hit replacement surgery
  • Peroneal nerve compression

In addition to these, degeneration with age could be another cause of peroneal nerve damage for individuals with knee or leg pain.

Treatments

A patient’s treatment is fully dependent on the location and severity of their nerve damage. There are a handful of conservative treatment options available for patients wanting to avoid surgery, these options include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Knee brace
  • Leg brace
  • Orthotics

If conservative methods have been exhausted, a patient may be a candidate for surgery. There are different approaches to peroneal nerve surgery that will depend on the patient’s lifestyle and how serious their damaged nerve is. 

If you are interested in learning about different surgical procedures offered through BEST Health System, contact our team today!

Symptoms

Peroneal nerve injuries often result in pain and discomfort that prevents patients from doing everyday activities. In addition to pain, these are other symptoms that someone who is suffering from peroneal nerve damage may experience:

  • Inability to move the foot
  • Inability to point toes 
  • Numbness in the shin
  • Foot drop gait

Sometimes, injuries to the peroneal nerve may go unnoticed. However, if the damage is serious, it could be vital that the patient meets with a medical professional to prevent further injury. 

Diagnosing a Peroneal Nerve Injury

The diagnostic process is essential for a doctor to prescribe the most effective treatment option. First, the specialist will review the patient’s medical history and then complete a comprehensive exam. 

Next, the specialist will have to determine the cause of the nerve injury through one of the following procedures:

  • MRI
  • Ultrasound

Reach out to BEST Health System

Regardless of where you are in your process of recovery, BEST Health System offers assistance through each step. Contact our team and allow us to help you find the most effective, least invasive treatment option available. 

If you have experienced any of these symptoms or recieved a diagnosis and need treatment, BEST can help. Take the first step towards relief today.

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