Numbness or lack of sensation is generally caused by pressure on a nerve but there are many other possible reasons for this problem. Once pressure is taken off the nerve, functioning normally resumes. A more severe case is when nerves are pinched by boned or other tissues, which can make it a medical emergency. The occasional bout of numbness is a harmless event. However, chronic numbness can be symptomatic of some other underlying disorders such as Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraines etc. So if you are experiencing this sensation frequently it would be wise to get it checked out soon.
Numbness, tingling and pins and needles are abnormal sensations that may occur anywhere in the body. They are often felt in fingers, hands, feet, arms and legs. There are several different causes for experiencing such abnormal sensations. Injury to a nerve in your neck may cause feelings of numbness anywhere along your arm or hand, whereas, an injury in the lower back region can cause numbness or tingling in your legs.
Other causes of numbness are:
- Herniated disc
- Pressure on peripheral nerves
- Lack of blood supply
- Lack of Vitamin D
- Abnormal levels of calcium, potassium or sodium in your body
- Radiation therapy
- Underactive thyroid
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Treatment depends on the cause of your numbness. Our team of highly skilled Physiotherapists will examine you, carrying out a detailed assessment to determine the cause of your symptoms.
Diagnosis of a nerve injury is made by taking a detailed history and carrying out a comprehensive objective examination. Depending on the findings, our physiotherapists may recommend Electromyography (EMG), a nerve conduction test to confirm the presence of a pinched nerve and to determine the extent of the nerve injury.
A nerve pinched by bone or some other tissue will need Physiotherapy treatment to allow full nerve functioning to resume. Nerve compressions can be extremely problematic if left untreated. It is therefore vital that you seek advice from a trained medical professional as early intervention is key to full return of function.
Our Physiotherapists have a great deal of specific clinical experience in the diagnosis and management of nerve related injuries.
They will use a variety of evidence based therapies and treatments to help reduce your numbness, improve your sensation and get you back functioning fully as soon as possible.
All our Chartered Physiotherapists are university trained as are fully insured so you know that you and your family are in safe hands.