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Motor Nerve Damage - Motor Neuropathy

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Muscle connected to motor nerveNerves carry information to and from the brain. It is the communication system of the body. The brain sends out commands to the body via the nervous system. The brain gets information from the body via the nervous system.  

Sensory nerves relay what you feel, such as pain, or touch.  The autonomic nerves control the biological functions such as breathing or heartbeat.  The third type of nerve is a motor nerve.

Motor Nerves:  There are many motor nerves throughout the body.  The brain communicates with the body and tells muscles to move via these nerves. These motor nerves control moving your hands, arms, legs and feet or talking.

Motor neuropathy occurs if the motor nerves which control muscle movements become damaged.  When the motor nerve does not relay information to the muscles they do not behave normally.

As with sensory neuropathy, the parts of the body most likely to be affected are the feet, hands, legs and arms. But any nerve that controls a muscle can create problems.

Motor neuropathy can affect the body's ability to co-ordinate movements.

Weakness in the muscles of the foot and thus the loss of co-ordination is one of the symptoms of this type of damage. This type of damage can lead to unbalanced pressure being exerted on the ankle when someone walks.  People with this type of neuropathy may not notice that they are walking differently as the nerve damage can result in numbness and diminished sensitivity. If unbalanced pressure is exerted over a period of time it can lead to sprains.

If further pressure is applied to the foot, through continued walking, this can lead to further bone dislocation and fractures, resulting in a deformation of the foot known as Charcot foot.

Neuropathy of a motor nerve can have the following symptoms:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle cramps & twitching  
  • Loss of muscle (muscle wasting through lack of use)
  • Loss of control or co-ordination  
  • Muscle paralysis 

If a medical doctor suspects neuropathy he/she will conduct a number of neurological tests to determine the location and extent of the nerve damage. These may include some or all of the following: :

  • Blood tests
  • Spinal fluid tests
  •  Muscle strength tests
  •  Tests of the ability to detect vibrations

Depending on what the basic tests reveal, your doctor may want to perform more in-depth scanning and other tests to get a better look at your nerve damage. Tests may include:

  • CT scan
  • MRI scan
  •  Electromyography
  • Nerve and skin biopsy


Medical treatments for this type of damage will use drugs in an attempt to strengthen the immune system and stop inflammation.  

Natural vitamins which will be used by the body to build healthy nerves.

For more information about Nerve Damage Neuropathy, you can read more at Neuropathy  



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