Nerve Disorders

Explore the many variants

Nerve disorders can affect most major areas of the body

The nerves of the body report what touches your skin and about the health and status of your muscles and bones. The reports are carried by sensory nerves headed back to the spinal cord and brain. Motor nerves are the wires that allow the brain and spinal cord to operate the muscles. Any of these nerves can be injured or impaired in a variety of ways. In many cases, the problem is essentially mechanical, a pinched nerve for instance. If that is the case, the problem can be fixed by releasing the nerve from its pinch or entrapment.

The most common type of nerve entrapment is carpal tunnel syndrome affecting the median nerve at the wrist. Another common entrapment is cubital tunnel syndrome affecting the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Many physicians take care of these two types of problems. However, many other types of nerve entrapment can occur affecting the neck, shoulder, arm, hand, low back, buttock, leg and foot. Often, it is difficult to find a specialist to help with these many different types of nerve entrapment.

At the Institute for Nerve Medicine, we understand that there are a variety of nerve entrapments that can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Dr. Aaron Filler and the INM use the most advanced techniques including obtaining MR Neurography studies from the Neurography Institute and using Open MRI guidance to confirm diagnoses and apply targeted treatments.

Explore Nerve Disorders In Detail

Piriformis Syndrome
Piriformis Syndrome

Each year in the USA, 1.5 million people have lumbar MRI scans to find the cause of buttock and leg pain called “sciatica.” It could be Piriformis Syndrome.

Pudendal Nerve Entrapment
Pudendal Nerve Entrapment

Pain or numbness involving the area between the legs, including the genitals and occasionally some of the inside of the thigh, often aggravated by sitting.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Among the most common types of nerve entrapment is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) causing pain and weakness in the neck, shoulder, arm and hand.

Brachial Plexus Syndrome
Brachial Plexus Syndrome

The most common causes of brachial plexus injuries are motor vehicle injuries – particularly motorcycle injuries – and severe blows to the shoulder.

Trauma, Entrapment and RSD
Trauma, Entrapment and RSD

Nerve trauma can occur many ways. Discover the complex nature of nerve trauma, entrapments and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).

Nerve Tumors
Nerve Tumors

Nerve tumors can occur at various locations throughout the body. Learn more about schwannomas, sciatic nerve tumors and many more.

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Dr. Aaron G. Filler, MD PhD JD FRCS

Medical Director, Institute for Nerve Medicine
Santa Monica, California

Dr. Aaron Filler is the world’s leading expert in the treatment of nerve pain, revolutionizing this area of medicine by inventing several new technologies. One such technology, MR Neurography, enables doctors to use an MRI scanner to examine nerves, previously a difficult-to-impossible tissue to visualize with MR imaging. Dr. Filler’s research in axonal transport is leading to a whole new generation of advanced pain medications. He has developed many new “minimal access” surgery methods that allow him to treat complex nerve problems with small outpatient surgeries. He has also pioneered the use of the Open MRI scanner to do surgeries and other therapies with the ultra-high precision and safety of the magnetic resonance imaging.

Dr. Aaron Filler combines three key components in his treatment of each patient:

  • Compassionate personal attention,
  • Expert medical skills, and
  • The best technology in the world

He combines these components to turn insoluble pain problems into specific treatable diagnoses. Prior to coming to the Institute for Nerve Medicine, many of Dr. Filler’s patients have seen a dozen doctors (or more), experienced failed surgeries, and have even had their very pain questioned.

Time and again, Dr. Filler demonstrates that in many of these cases the problem is the doctor and not the patient. A cure is in reach when the best available medical care is brought to bear.

Insurance and Payment Options

Questions about what insurance plans the Institute for Nerve Medicine accepts?

We accept all insurance plans (including PPO, POS, etc.) that include out-of-network benefits.

We have opted out of Medicare.

We do not insurance-bill any worker’s compensation plan.

We provide interest-free monthly payment plans for patients with insurance plans that do not fully cover costs of out-of-network and specialty medical services.

We accept all major forms of payment: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, personal checks and cash (US currency). We do not accept foreign currencies (e.g. Euro).

We work with patients of every budget level and want all patients to have access to the best expert care in this field. Accordingly, billing services are offered as a courtesy to all patients.

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