Tumor

Edward C. Murphy, MD, PA

Neurological Surgery & Chiropractic located in Houston, TX & Pasadena, TX

Tumors often cause pain, numbness, and weakness when they compress your nerves and other internal organs and tissues. At Edward C. Murphy, MD, PA, in Houston and Pasadena, Texas, Edward C. Murphy, MD, offers expert diagnosis and treatment to address pain caused by tumors. Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today.

Tumor Q & A

What is a tumor?

When you hear the word tumor, you probably think about cancer. However, in most cases, tumors are benign growths. 

For example, benign peripheral nerve tumors are noncancerous growths that develop either in or near your nerves. Intraneural tumors grow in your nerves, and extraneural tumors grow near your nerves and press against them. 

The most common type of benign peripheral nerve tumor is a schwannoma. Schwannomas develop anywhere in your body but are most often found near your spine or in your pelvis. 

Neurofibromas are tumors that develop within your nerves, usually emerging from several nerve bundles. Ganglion cysts are another common type of nerve tumor. They typically grow around your joints.

When benign peripheral nerve tumors compress your nerves, they cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Pain
  • Numbness and tingling sensations
  • Weakness
  • Loss of balance
  • Loss of coordination

For example, if you have a tumor near your spine, it can cause sciatica symptoms or increase your risk of falling.

What causes benign peripheral nerve tumors?

Physicians and medical researchers don’t fully understand the cause of benign peripheral nerve tumors. They have identified a genetic component, so if you have a family member who has a nerve tumor, your chances of developing a similar condition increase. 

How are benign peripheral nerve tumors diagnosed?

If you’re experiencing pain, weakness, or numbness, make an appointment at Edward C. Murphy, MD. Dr. Murphy offers expert diagnosis using physical exams and testing. 

For example, he may recommend an MRI or CT scan to look for the condition causing your symptoms. He may also use electromyography and nerve conduction studies to locate the issue causing your neurological symptoms and gauge the severity of your condition. 

How are benign peripheral nerve tumors treated?

Dr. Murphy provides customized treatments to reduce your symptoms and restore your quality of life. In some cases, he may take a wait-and-see approach if your symptoms are mild. 

Dr. Murphy may also recommend physical therapy to help you build strength and restore your balance to reduce your risk of falling and sustaining another injury. 

Depending on the type and location of your tumor, he may recommend surgery to remove the tumor and eliminate your symptoms. 

Call Edward C. Murphy, MD, or make an appointment online for expert diagnosis and customized treatments for nerve tumors.