UPMC Center for Nerve Disorder at UPMC Mercy
The UPMC Mercy Center for Nerve Disorder provides diagnosis and treatment for an array of nerve conditions. We provide comprehensive care that includes the most advanced treatments, and our experts are dedicated to helping patients with nerve disorders and diseases return to leading a normal and active life.
What Are Nerve Disorders?
Peripheral nerves connect the brain and spinal cord to muscles to stimulate movement. They also connect the brain and spinal cord to skin to allow you to feel pain and other sensations.
When we decide to move, the brain sends this information to the spinal cord and from there the nerves carry the final message to the necessary muscles to make them contract. Similarly, when we touch an object, that information is carried from the skin to the spinal cord and then on to the brain so that we can make sense of that information.
Providing a Thorough Diagnosis
Peripheral nerve disorders are a common issue with many people, and can cause impaired sensation, muscle weakness or wasting, and pain. These symptoms can be produced by various conditions, and can begin with mild weakness or numbness and tingling as an early sign. However, nerve disorders can be difficult to diagnose.
To begin, your UPMC nerve disorder expert will take a full medical history and perform a physical and neurologic exam that may include checking:
- Tendon reflexes
- Muscle strength and tone
- Ability to feel certain sensations
- Posture and coordination
In addition, your physician may request the following tests that can help with diagnosis:
- Electromyography: A test that measures the electrical discharges produced in your muscles.
- Nerve conduction study: Measures how quickly nerves carry electrical signals.
- Sudomotor test: A test that evaluates sweat patterns on your extremities.
Conditions We Treat
The experts at the UPMC Mercy Center for Nerve Disorder are able to treat an array of nerve conditions, including:
- Brachial plexus injury
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cerebral palsy
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Injury to the axillary, musculocutaneous, radial, ulnar, and median nerves
- Nerve compression or entrapments
- Nerve tumors
- Parsonage-Turner syndrome
- Peroneal nerve neuropathy
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Upper and lower extremity spasticity
Advanced Treatment Options
Depending on your condition, our experts utilize the latest treatments available for nerve disorders, including:
- BOTOX® injections
- Decompression of nerve entrapments
- Nerve reconstruction
- Removal of nerve tumors
- Nerve blocks
- Nerve injury repair
- Nerve transfer
- Tendon transfers
To make an appointment, or for more information, call 412-232-5744.