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The peripheral nerve center at UNC is a team-based approach to the care of patients with peripheral nerve problems ranging from the most simple to the most complex.  A peripheral nerve is any nerve that carries messages from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body.  Some of the most well-known peripheral nerve disorders include peripheral nerve compression syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome which is the result of nerve compression in the wrist or cubital tunnel syndrome which is the result of nerve compression at the elbow.  Peripheral nerves can also be affected by trauma, tumor, or disease.  Our team of experts can evaluate your condition to determine the best personalized care for your peripheral nerve disorder.  We offer cutting edge technology combined with world class expertise to provide both surgical and non-surgical treatment options to maximize recovery and function.

Our Team:

Our team consists of orthopaedic surgeons, nonoperative orthopaedic physicians, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, rehabilitation specialists, neurophysiologists, musculoskeletal radiologists. and hand therapists who work together to create a customized treatment and recovery plan consisting of both surgical and non-surgical options.

Conditions We Treat:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Peripheral Nerve Injuries including lacerations, gun shot injuries, car and motorcycle accidents
Nerve tumors
Brachial Plexus Injuries

Patient Evaluations:

Nerve conditions are often difficult to diagnose, and we commonly see patients who have been struggling with pain and limited function for a long time.  Our integrated team approach always starts with a detailed history and physical examination.  Often other diagnostic tests are needed to help our team to work together to develop a personalized treatment plan focused on maximizing each patient’s functional recovery.  These additional tests may include one or more of the following:
Electromyography /Nerve Conduction Study (EMG/NCS)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Ultrasonography (US)

Treatments We Offer:

Individual treatment plans vary from patient to patient but may include operative or non-operative options or even a combination of both.

Nonoperative Treatment:
– Personalized hand therapy programs
– Braces and splints to maximize daily function
Ultrasound guided injections

Operative Treatment:
Carpal tunnel release
Cubital tunnel surgery
Nerve repair and nerve grafting
Nerve transfers
Peripheral nerve tumor excision

 Appointment and Referrals:

To make a referral or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at:
Phone:  (919) 966-7130
Fax:  (919) 966-6730