Pins and Needles
Pins and Needles’ (paraesthesia) is a sensation of uncomfortable tingling or prickling, usually felt in the hands or feet but can affect any part of the body. The affected area is sometimes said to have ‘fallen asleep’. A common cause is leaning or lying awkwardly on a limb, which either presses against the nerves or reduces the blood supply to the local area. Changing position quickly restores normal feeling. Any numbness is soon replaced by the tingling and prickling sensation, as the nerves start sending messages again to the brain and spinal cord. In some cases, pins and needles are caused by nerve damage or certain disorders of the central nervous system.
Pins and needles is an abnormal sensation that may occur anywhere in the body. It is often felt in fingers, hands, feet, arms and legs. There are several different causes for experiencing such an abnormal sensation. Injury to a nerve in your neck may cause Pins and Needles anywhere along your arm or hand, whereas, an injury in the lower back region can cause them in your legs.
The occasional bout of pins and needles is a harmless event. However, chronic pins and needles can be symptomatic of some other underlying disorder.
Treatment depends on the cause of your Pins and Needles. 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.
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 physiotherapist will be able to provide you with a treatment plan that can address the underlying cause or just importantly refer you on should the pathology be of a more serious nature.
All our Chartered Physiotherapists are university trained and are fully insured so you know that you and your family are in safe hands.