Tingling sensations can come from any number of sources and often are only temporary. Your feet can become numb from crossing your legs, or your hand might start to tingle if left raised above your head for an extended period. But if numbness and tingling persist, without an identifiable source, it might be time to see a doctor.
There are several injuries and conditions that can cause numbness and tingling in the body. Many of these conditions can be treated easily with effective and safe chiropractic care.
What Causes Numbness and Tingling?
While numbness and tingling can come from any number of sources including poisoning, bug bites, and even side effects from prescription medication, these symptoms can also be related to a structural injury or chronic condition within the body.
Probably the most common reason for numbness and tingling, a herniated disc is a common injury that occurs as people age. Herniated Discs and other Disc Disorders, play a large role in how pain is treated. Between each vertebra in the spine there are tiny, disc shaped structures that work to cushion impact as the body bends and moves.
The disc contains an outer wall that holds a cushioning gel-like substance. When the walls of the disc become older, they tend to be more brittle which can lead to ruptures. One of the first symptoms of a herniated disc is numbness in the shoulders and arms, or in the buttocks and legs.
A pinched nerve is a very common condition that can occur anywhere in the body. A nerve is pinched when a bone, ligament, or muscle applies undue stress and pressure at the site of the nerve. This causes the nerve to become damaged, causing the nerve to not function properly, resulting in a tingling sensation. Chiropractic care is particularly successful in treating pinched nerves.
Usually stemming from arthritis, spinal stenosis is a very serious condition if left untreated. Arthritis can begin to form within the areas surrounding the spinal cord. As the arthritis thickens, pressure is applied to the spinal cord, which can result in numbness and tingling. Eventually, spinal stenosis can lead to a loss of mobility, paralysis, and even death if left untreated.
Common disc disorders can often be classed as cervical spondylosis. This diagnosis is typically age related as the disc structures within the neck begin to show signs of wear and tear. This diagnosis can encompass numbness and tingling in the neck caused by dehydrated discs, ligament stiffness, herniated discs, or simply overuse injuries. Cervical spondylosis is often referred to as neck arthritis.
Unfortunately, many immediate emergency injuries, conditions, and diseases can cause numbness and tingling that require immediate medical attention. If you suspect any of the following conditions, please seek immediate medical attention.
- Stroke – A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures, causing a blockage or blood shortage to the brain. Numbness, tingling, and a lack of motor skills are some initial warning signs of this potentially fatal condition.
- Spinal Cord Injury – If you have been involved in serious injury involving your neck or back, and immediately feel a tingling sensation, it is possible you have sustained a spinal cord injury. Immediate medical attention is required to treat this significant injury.
- Fracture – Tingling and numbness often accompany bone fractures and should be treated with emergency medicine. Bone breaks can often damage integral nerves within the broken appendage.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Considered an alternative medicine, chiropractic care focuses on restoring the integral relationship between the body’s structural and neuromuscular systems. When the body works together in harmony, joints and soft tissues are free to move naturally and pain free. Depending on the type and severity of condition or injury, a variety of chiropractic techniques may be used.
Often, in cases where numbness and tingling occur, a nerve in the body is being compromised by undue stress. When the body is out of alignment, stress can radiate to areas unevenly, cutting off the natural function of the nerves. Through a variety of treatment options, a chiropractor works to restore balance, freeing trapped nerve endings, allowing normal functionality and blood to return to the area.
At Total Wellness Center our chiropractor and her team are passionate about chiropractic care and helping our patients be their best. If you are looking for numbness and tingling treatment, chiropractic care offers a safe, non-invasive option. Our team is knowledgeable and caring, finding a unique treatment plan for each individual patient. Our office is centrally located at 4024 S Parker Road in Aurora, CO. To learn more about how we can help you find treatment, call our office today at 303-627-7995.