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What Causes Numbness and Tingling?
Generally, symptoms of numbness and tingling, involve nerves and the nervous system. The medical term for these symptoms is neuropathy.
Furthermore, this can involve one nerve (mono-neuropathy) or multiple nerves (polyneuropathy).
It can be present on one extremity (usually due to impingement) or more extremities (usually systemic).
Another keypoint is that several conditions can lead to neuropathy. Depending on the case, the root cause of numbness and tingling in the extremities needs a different approach to treatment.
Compression of a nerve is typically what causes mononeuropathies. Although most of the times causes include muscle tension and joint restrictions, at times they are due to disk bulges and disc herniations and tumors. On the other hand, diabetes, chemotherapy, autoimmune conditions, and vitamin deficiencies, are only some of the conditions that cause systemic polyneuropathies.
Some of the most common types of neuropathies that we can help with are:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Pronator Teres Syndrome
- Disc Bulges and Disk Herniations
- Diabetic Neuropathy
How To Treat Neuropathy
A thorough history and examination of the patient are necessary to identify the cause of the numbness and tingling, which will drive the treatment. Lastly, the examination will determine the cause of the symptom and in some cases to complete the evaluation, we’ll require blood work.
In most neuropathy cases, lifestyle modifications are essential for improvement. A qualified health care provider, such as a chiropractor, with knowledge about these conditions will help you improve your numbness and tingling.
At PEAKiropractic, we take health care to the next level.
We constantly educate ourselves and our patients on the emerging scientific research and the most effective treatment for different conditions, so we can help with the most precise chirorpactic care possible.
Farhad, K., Traub, R., Ruzhansky, K. M., & Brannagan III, T. H. (2016). Causes of neuropathy in patients referred as “idiopathic neuropathy”. Muscle & Nerve, 53(6), 856-861.
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