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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.

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