Few things are as annoying and scary as numbness in a person’s arms or legs. The loss of feeling in the upper or lower extremities limits one’s activities of daily living and may cause psychological symptoms or any of a number of medical comorbidities. Most patients describe their numbness as a pins and needles sensation or of their extremities “going to sleep.” At the Irvine Pain and Posture Clinic, your professionally trained chiropractor can determine the source of your loss of sensation in your extremities and begin providing therapy leading to relief right away.
Anatomy of the arms and legs
Upon examining the anatomy of the arms and legs, one will quickly note that nerves run from the neck to the very tips of the body’s fingers. Now imagine the analogy of your arm as a water hose. In a healthy arm the water flows freely without any significant obstruction. In an extremity, imagine this hose has a kink in it where water is restricted. Restricted flow results in numbness and tingling, or as stated above, a pins and needles or a sleeping sensation.
Causes of arm and leg numbness
There are any of a number of causes for arm and leg numbness. Some of them may be severe in nature while others may be temporary and relieved in a short period of time. Some of these include:
- Poor posture
- Underlying fractures, ligament tears, and/or strains and sprains
- Spinal problems including spondyloisis
- Nerve injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Pressure on your peripheral nerves as a result of enlarged blood vessels, tumors, scars and or an infection
- Various diseases
One of the important things to remember and consider is that numbness in one’s arms and legs originates in the neck, the storehouse of nerves. A misdiagnosis may treat a symptom but neglect to treat the real problem. At the Irvine Pain and Posture Clinic, we ensure a correct diagnosis and help you get back to your normal routine in life.
Treatment for arm and leg numbness
At the Irvine Pain and Posture Correction Clinic, we understand your need to alleviate the numbness of your extremities. Our treatments are safe, effective and non-invasive. Once a cause has been determined, your chiropractor will develop a comprehensive treatment plan especially for you for or the purpose of relieving your numbness beginning with your first visit. Treatments may include:
- Spinal manipulation
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Lifestyle modification
At the Irvine Pain and Posture Correction Clinic, your chiropractor will provide you with a physical examination and determine the cause of your numbness. A professional chiropractor will get to the root of your numbness. If you require additional testing, your chiropractor will refer you to a competent physician for the appropriate testing. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and believe you suffer from numbness in either your upper or lower extremities, call us for an initial consultation with a chiropractor at the Irvine Pain and Posture Clinic at (949) 784-4507 and schedule an appointment today.