Do you experience numbness or tingling in your hands or fingers? If you do, it is a sign of an underlying problem. You might feel more pain throughout your body or you might not, but either way it shouldn’t be left unchecked. The absence of pain doesn’t mean the absence of a problem. Here are some of the more significant problems that numbness or tingling might indicate:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – When there is compression on the Median Nerve in your Carpal Tunnel, which runs through your wrist and into your hand, it causes an irritation to that nerve and manifests itself as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) – This happens when compression occurs in the blood vessels or nerves between your collarbone and your first rib. Other symptoms may include pain in your shoulders or neck.
- Pinched Nerve – This occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissue. The undue pressure causes the nerve to not be able to function properly. The pain may manifest itself in various places throughout your body.
- Herniated Disc – The discs in your spine are that spongy substance between each vertebra that keep them from pressing against each other. A Herniated disc, or slipped disc, occurs when that spongy substance slips out of place. If it is in your lower spine, you will experience numbness or tingling in your legs or feet.
If you have pain or tingling in your hands or fingers, or if you have any of the other symptoms listed, you won’t want the problem to get worse. It’s important that you get checked by an upper cervical specialist and not assume the numbness or tingling will go away on it’s own.
Even if you have numbness or tingling, but you don’t think you suffer from any of the above conditions, there are several other conditions that may be an underlying cause. Come back next week, and we’ll review some more underlying causes of that pain in your hands or fingers.
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Dr. Ankur Tayal and Dr Matthew Kittleson of UC Life Chiropractic Centre in downtown Victoria, British Columbia are Victoria Chiropractors and Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Saanich, Esquimalt and Vancouver Island. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, vertigo and dizziness, numbness and tingling and more. More information can be found on their website at http://www.uclife.ca/.