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Numbness & Tingling In Arms

If you experience numbness in one or both arms then this could be a sign of many different conditions. Numbness in the left arm as many of us know is often related to heart attack and this makes it highly dangerous. Here the left arm numbness will be accompanied by a ‘crushing’ pain in the centre of the chest which might make also make breathing difficult and be accompanied by sweating, panic, tiredness, pain and numbness in the neck and jaw and a racing heartbeat.

If you do not experience these symptoms, or if you experience right arm numbness instead or as well as the lack of sensation in your left arm, then you are most likely experiencing something else (though a heart attack should not be completely ruled out as symptoms can vary – even disappear in the case of a silent heart attack).

There are many things that can cause right arm numbness which range in severity. It is an important warning sign for many conditions and one that you should watch vigilantly.

Often numbness in general is caused by damage to the nerves or neuropathy. This can be long term or short term and there are many ways it can occur. One way this can happen is simply by lying on your arm for a long time which can temporarily deaden your nerves as well as cutting off blood supply. This will often happen during the night where we might be prone to lie in awkward positions without waking. If you wake in the night to find yourself unable to move or feel one or both arms, and with a ‘tingling’ sensation such as pins and needles, then you have probably simply been lying on your arm and normal usage should return after not long.

More serious nerve damage can have a similar affect but be longer lasting and harder to reverse. External trauma for example can damage a nerve if you bang or hurt your arm in which case you should see a physician. If you break a bone it is possible for the jagged edge to severely cut nerves which can result in loss of use of that arm. This is why after breaking or dislocating a bone it is highly important to treat the area carefully until you can receive help from a medical expert.

Carpal tunnel syndrome meanwhile is a fairly common explanation for arm numbness. In this case the tendons or ligaments become inflamed and this can cause numbness or tingling. In some cases if it is acute (meaning it comes on suddenly and sharply) it could be the first sign of a stroke depending on the area of the brain affected.

Thus there are many possibilities when it comes to right arm numbness. Using the information above it might be possible to narrow down the cause of a specific case. It is important to pay attention to the context surrounding the numbness, the duration and sensation of the numbness itself, and any other symptoms that occur in conjunction. If you are unsure you should seek medical attention in case it is a case of stroke or diabetes.

Arm pain or numbness & tingling is usually the result of either nerve pressure or compromised blood flow somewhere between the neck and the hand. When a nerve to the arm is pinched it will usually lead to shooting pain that travels down the arm usually on the top or bottom. Usually the pain only affects one arm but may occur in both. Nerve pressure may also result in a painful ache in part of the arm or sensations numbness and tingling. When blood flow to the arm is compromised the result is usually numbness or tingling in the entire arm or hand. Often the symptoms may be alleviated by a change in arm position, such as raising the arm over the head. The most common causes of nerve pressure or blood flow compromise to the arm include:

Arm pain, numbness or tingling can be very serious and should not be left untreated. Delay of care may result in permanent damage. Balanced Health Medical’s doctors have extensive knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of arm pain and numbness and tingling.

BULGING OR HERNIATED DISC is a condition where the soft inner portion of a disc bulges out the side or rear of the disc. A disc is the soft tissue that acts as a shock absorber and spacer between the vertebrae in the spine. When the disc becomes damaged or weak the soft center can push to the outer edges of the disc creating a bulge. In the more severe cases the disc may rupture allowing a small pieces of disc that break free. The most common cause of disc herniation is of trauma to the neck, but may also occur in a spine with degenerative arthritis and weakened discs.

Symptoms include neck pain, neck stiffness, restricted neck movement, pain into the shoulder, pain into the arm, pain into the hand, numbness/tingling in the arm or hand, weakness in the arm or hand. These symptoms may be constant, or may be present with certain neck or arm positions. Often the pain, weakness, or numbness/tingling are located in specific sections of the arm or hand.

Treatment: An extensive spinal and neurologic examination to determine the location of the damaged In some case x-rays and MRI may be needed to further evaluate the extent of damage. If it is determined the disc and associated symptoms may be helped with chiropractic treatment, our chiropractor will use his years of experience to determine the proper course of care. This treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, cervical traction, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, heat or ice therapy, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises. In some cases the patient may need to be referred to another health care professional for additional care.

The Benefits of having the proper care is faster pain relief, expedited reduction of other symptoms and a reduced risk of having chronic symptoms lasting a lifetime.

 

FORAMINAL ENCROACHMENT is a condition where the holes on the sides of the spine become narrow or smaller and put pressure on the nerves which pass through them. The nerve pressure may occur with certain head positions or movements as well as direct pressure down on top of the head. The most common cause of foramina encroachment is spinal degenerative changes which often lead to loss of disc height as well as bone spurs that form into the foramen. Both result in narrowing of the hole and potential nerve pressure.

Symptoms include neck pain, neck stiffness, restricted neck movement, pain into the shoulder, pain into the arm, pain into the hand, numbness/tingling in the arm or hand and weakness in the arm or hand. These symptoms may be constant, or the may be present with certain neck or arm positions. Often the pain, weakness, or numbness/tingling are located in specific sections of the arm or hand, but rarely consume the whole arm or hand at once.

Treatment: Through an extensive spinal and neurologic examination to determine the location of the damaged In some case x-rays and MRI may be needed to further evaluate the extent of damage. If it is determined the condition associated to symptoms may be helped with chiropractic treatment, will use his years of experience to determine the proper course of care. This treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, cervical traction, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, heat or ice therapy, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises. In some cases the patient may need to be referred to another health care professional for additional care.

The Benefits of having the proper care is faster pain relief, expedited reduction of other symptoms and a reduced risk of having chronic symptoms lasting a lifetime.

 

PERIPHERAL NERVE ENTRAPMENT is a pressure on the nerves or blood vessels or in an area away from the spine. This may include the shoulder, muscles in the arm, the path through the elbow, or wrist. When the muscles in the shoulder or arm become tight or inflamed it may lead to pressure on the nerves or blood vessels that pass through them. The bones in the shoulder, elbow or wrist may be misaligned resulting in less space for the nerves or vessels to pass. Inflammation in these joints also leads to nerve of blood vessel pressure.

Symptoms often include pain or numbness and tingling into the arm or hand. Symptoms may also change with certain arm positions or activities. When the nerve is compromised the symptoms usually are in specific areas of the arm or hand. When the blood vessels are pressured the symptoms often effect the entire arm or hand.

Treatment: We use extensive neck, shoulder and arm examinations to determine the location of damage. In some case x-rays or MRI may be needed for further evaluation. If it is determined the condition and associated symptoms may be helped with chiropractic treatment, our chiropractor will use his years of experience to determine the proper course of care. This treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, massage therapy, Graston therapy, ice or heat therapy, extremity adjustments.

The Benefits of having the proper care is faster pain relief, expedited reduction of other symptoms and a reduced risk of having chronic symptoms lasting a lifetime.

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