Many people don’t realize that a feeling of “pins and needles,” or numbness and tingling in the extremities, is rather common. Often these feelings only last a few seconds and there is nothing to worry about. They could result from something as simple as sleeping in an awkward position which places pressure on the nerves.
When the feeling does not subside quickly, however, it could be something more serious. If numbness is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, you may want to seek medical assistance:
These symptoms could be indicative of nerve damage from traumatic injuries, repetitive motion conditions like carpal tunnel, tendonitis, infections, exposure to toxins or autoimmune and systemic illnesses such as diabetes.
Pain and numbness in your extremities can be caused by a spinal injury or misalignment. Through careful spinal manipulation, exercises and rehabilitation therapy combined with a careful analysis of the root cause, chiropractors can restore feeling and function to these regions, and help patients regain strength, motion, and an overall feeling of well-being.
Often, people assume when they experience these symptoms that the culprit is carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a common and easy scapegoat that too many healthcare practitioners leap to, to explain away pain which could be the result of any number of ailments. If a patient is diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome immediately upon reporting such symptoms, a second opinion may be in order.
Every effort needs to be made to diagnose the root cause of illness before effective treatment can begin. Chiropractors like Dr. Baker at Baker Chiropractic & Rehab in Maryville, MO, know that no two patients and no two injuries are alike and all deserve individual attention and treatments tailored to their needs.
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