Causes and Treatments for Numbness and Tingling in Arms

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How common is numbness and tingling in the arm?

Numbness and tingling in the arm are relatively common symptoms that can be caused by a variety of factors. The prevalence of these symptoms can vary depending on the underlying cause and the population being considered.

Some potential causes of numbness and tingling in the arm include:

Nerve compression: Conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, where the median nerve in the wrist is compressed, can lead to numbness and tingling in the hand and arm. This is a relatively common condition.

Pinched nerves: Nerves in the neck or shoulder can become compressed or pinched due to conditions such as herniated discs or nerve root impingement, resulting in arm numbness and tingling.

Peripheral neuropathy: This refers to nerve damage that occurs in the peripheral nervous system. Various factors, including diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, and certain medications, can cause it. Peripheral neuropathy can lead to numbness and tingling sensations in the arms and other extremities.

Circulation problems: Reduced blood flow to the arms, such as in cases of peripheral artery disease, can cause symptoms like numbness and tingling.

Trauma or injury: Injuries to the arm or nerves can result in temporary or chronic numbness and tingling sensations.

It’s important to note that the prevalence of numbness and tingling in arms can vary widely depending on the specific cause and the population being studied.

For example, carpal tunnel syndrome is estimated to affect around 3-6% of the general population, while the prevalence of peripheral neuropathy is higher in individuals with diabetes.

If you are experiencing numbness and tingling in your arm, it is essential to see your doctor or other healthcare practitioner for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. They can evaluate your symptoms, perform a physical examination, and order any necessary tests to determine the underlying cause and provide appropriate management.

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What are the causes of tingling and numbness in the arm?

Tingling and numbness in the arm can be caused by various factors, including nerve damage, spinal cord injuries, and repetitive strain injuries. Other causes may include underlying health conditions such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and hypothyroidism.

In some cases, it can also be due to poor posture, vitamin deficiencies, or exposure to toxins. It’s essential to seek medical attention to determine the underlying cause of the symptoms and receive appropriate treatment.

How can I relieve tingling and numbness in the arm?

The appropriate treatment for relieving tingling and numbness in the arm depends on the underlying cause – which is why you should get seen by your health professional!

However, here are some general strategies that may help alleviate these symptoms:

Change positions: If you frequently experience tingling and numbness in a specific arm position, try changing your posture or position. Adjusting the angle of your arm or taking breaks from repetitive activities can help relieve pressure on nerves and reduce symptoms.

Stretching and exercise: Gentle stretching exercises can help relieve tension and improve blood circulation in the affected area. Consult with a healthcare professional or physical therapist to learn specific exercises that may benefit your condition, such as our experienced physiotherapists in Sutton Coldfield.

Rest and relaxation: Taking regular breaks and allowing your arm to rest can help reduce symptoms. Avoid activities that exacerbate the tingling and numbness.

Ergonomic adjustments: Ensure that your work or home environment is ergonomically optimized to minimize strain on your arm. Adjust your desk height, chair position, and computer setup to promote a neutral and comfortable posture.

Temperature therapy: Applying a warm compress or taking a warm shower can help improve blood flow to the affected area and alleviate symptoms. Conversely, using a cold pack or ice pack may help reduce inflammation and numbness caused by acute injuries.

Medications: always consult your medical practitioner or pharmacist for specific advice on over-the-counter medicines that may help you manage your symptoms better.

Address underlying conditions: your symptoms of tingling and numbness in your arm may not be musculoskeletal in origin but, instead, caused by an underlying medical condition.

For that reason, if your symptoms do not resolve quickly and fully, then please see your doctor or healthcare professional for a thorough assessment in order to provide you with an individualised treatment plan.

It’s crucial to remember that these suggestions are general and may not be suitable for you. If your symptoms persist, worsen, or are accompanied by other concerning symptoms, it is important to seek immediate medical attention to rule out any underlying pathology.

When should I be concerned about numbness and tingling in the arm?

Numbness and tingling in the arm can be caused by various factors, including nerve compression or injury, poor circulation, or underlying medical conditions. If you experience numbness and tingling that is persistent or severe, or if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as weakness, pain, or swelling, it’s important to talk to your doctor or other healthcare professional. They can help identify the root cause of your symptoms and recommend appropriate treatment options.

What are the treatments for tingling and numbness in the arm?

The treatment for tingling and numbness in the arm will always depend on the underlying cause of your symptoms. Some possible treatments include rest and immobilization, physical therapy or exercise, medications to reduce inflammation or pain, or surgery in more severe cases. However, the majority of patients who come to the Backcare and Acupuncture Clinic can be treated with a combination of hands-on and acupuncture treatment. We can give specific advice as to work and lifestyle adjustments and provide sports therapy and massage for injuries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What happens during my initial consultation?

Our priority upon your arrival is to ensure that you feel welcome, comfortable, and well-informed about your appointment. Typically, your initial consultation will last between 45 minutes to an hour. One of our experienced osteopaths will meet you and begin by attentively listening to you. We will inquire about your general health, any current pain you may be experiencing, your medical history, medications you may be taking, and review any medical examination results.
After this initial discussion, we may conduct specific tests to make a diagnosis. You may be asked to perform some gentle movements to allow us to evaluate your posture and mobility.
Using this important information, we will then create a personalized treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs.

What will happen AFTER an initial consultation?

During your second visit to our clinic, we will provide a detailed explanation of our findings from your history and examination. By the end of this session, you will be able to answer several crucial questions, including:

  • What is causing my symptoms?
  • What are the available treatment options?
  • How long is the expected recovery time?
  • How much treatment will be necessary based on your personalized treatment plan?
  • How much will your treatment cost?
  • What can I do to help myself?
  • What changes do I need to make to get better, faster?

We take the time to explain and clarify the causes of your symptoms and what can be done to alleviate them. At this stage, we will have created a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

What can I expect after my first treatment?

The response to treatment varies from person to person, as everyone is unique. The initial treatment is a crucial step in gauging the patient’s reaction to treatment and determining the best course of action to meet their individual needs.

Immediate relief may be experienced by some patients after the first session, while others may require multiple sessions to see significant progress. It’s vital for patients to realize that treatment is not a one-time fix and that it may take a number of sessions to achieve long-term results, particularly for chronic issues or long-standing musculoskeletal imbalances.

Is treatment painful?

The treatments themselves are not painful, but there might be some discomfort after the spinal manipulation as your body adjusts to the treatment and improved posture. This can result in stiffness in certain regions, which is a natural occurrence, and we recommend using an ice pack on the area for 10 minutes after your session and staying hydrated.

What causes the cracking sound during the treatment?

The cracking or popping sound heard during an osteopathic treatment is caused by the release of nitrogen gas from the joints. This is a normal and common occurrence and may not always happen depending on the technique used. The sound itself is neither significant or important to your progress.

What is the cost of the initial consultation?

The initial consultation is priced at £65, which comprises a thorough spinal evaluation including muscle and nerve testing, orthopaedic examination, as well as posture and movement analysis.

What is the cost of the each treatment?

Each treatment is £45 if you pay as you go. However, we do have discount options available depending on what works best for you.

What days and times are you open?

Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm,
Saturday – 8am – 2pm
Sunday – closed

How long will it take for me to feel better?

The length of time it will take to start to feel better varies a good deal between patients. This difference is based on several factors, including the how long you’ve had the problem and how severe it’s become, your lifestyle and demands of work and family as well as your individual capacity to respond to treatment.

Generally, patients with acute conditions (recent onset) may experience significant improvement within a few sessions, while those with chronic conditions (your symptoms have been present for more than 12 weeks) may require more treatment sessions to attain long-lasting outcomes.

The secrets to getting well are to always turn up for your treatment, follow the guidance of your practitioner and get involved in your own recovery. Don’t delegate your health to your practitioner. It is always a partnership!

What happens if I miss an appointment?

We recognize that we all have busy lives beyond the Backcare and Acupuncture Clinics, but please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to keep your appointment, and we will make every effort to reschedule it for you. We will make every effort to accommodate your particular schedule