What is neuropraxia of the hand?

The temporary loss of sensation and function in your hand is called neuropraxia, which may result from either a direct trauma or from compression of a peripheral nerve against the bones in the hand. Damage to the ulnar nerve may result in a loss of strength of the fourth and fifth fingers. A characteristic of this type of injury is benediction or bishop’s deformity, in which the ring and little finger are in a flexed position and can’t be extended. You should see a doctor to determine the exact nature of the injury as well as the proper course of treatment.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Indiana University Athletic Training Education Program)

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Nerve Injury

Pressure or stretching injuries can make fragile nerve fibers break, causing a loss of feeling and improperly working muscles. In a nerve, the fibers are surrounded by insulation. Sometimes the fibers can break while the insulatio...

n remains intact. If a nerve is cut, the nerve fibers and insulation are severed and need surgery to be repaired. New nerve fibers can grow, and the nerve can work again, as long as the insulating cover can be saved. With the cover intact, new nerves can grow about once inch each month, taking about a year for feeling to return. You might have a pins-and-needles sensation in the meantime.
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