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Q&A With Virginia Spine Institute: Why Are My Hands Numb?

October 24, 2016

QUESTION: WHAT CAUSES MY HANDS TO GO NUMB?

Answer: Numbness in the hands is usually a result of damage, irritation, or compression of the nerves in your neck, arm, or wrist. It could be compression of one nerve or a branch of one nerve. The most common cause of hand numbness is a compression of a neck nerve which results in radiation of pain or numbness into the arm or hand. This compression is typically worsened by certain neck postures. Luckily, the same issue may be improved by certain neck postures. Your doctor will likely prescribe physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications.

Another common problem that causes hand numbness is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may include

  • Numbness or a “pins and needles” feeling in the fingers
  • Pain or numbness that is worse at night or interrupts sleep
  • Burning or tingling in your thumb, index, and middle fingers
  • Pain that moves up your arm to your elbow

Your doctor will need detailed information about your symptoms to properly diagnose the cause of your numbness. A variety of tests may be needed to confirm the cause before appropriate treatment can begin. Contact a doctor today to take care of your hand numbness.

 


Virginia Spine Institute’s reputation is unmatched as a world-renowned luxury destination in spinal healthcare, dedicated to providing an elevated level of concierge care for those suffering from neck and back conditions. For three decades, their proven methods have led them to dramatically improving the quality of life for over 100,000 patients, from 32 countries.

 

People seek care from Virginia Spine Institute because of their elite team of board-certified spine-specialized physicians offering unique approaches to safe and effective back and neck pain relief. As one of the few centers that begin treatment with non-surgical options before recommending surgery, 90% of their patients get better without spine surgery. Through a comprehensive model, Virginia Spine Institute is able to offer regenerative medicine, non-operative treatments, minimally-invasive spine surgery, and physical therapy through their team of spine specialists.

 

The team’s dedication to detail and patient success is a shining light in the field of spinal healthcare. As pioneers and leaders in this field, they have also accomplished many of the world’s firsts in spine surgery by using modern treatments and cutting-edge technology not offered anywhere else.

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