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Numbness & Tingling in Arms or Legs

Many conditions can cause numbness and tingling in the arms or legs. The vast majority of reasons are due irritation or compression of a nerve somewhere along its distribution.

The reason we ask you to fill out intake forms when we first see you is the same reason we spend so much time with you during the history and examination session – because we care, we’re thorough, and we want to get to the bottom of what’s causing your problems.

If the source of the problem is from the spine, you may experience the sensation of pain anywhere along the distribution of the nerve in the arms or legs.

The pain patterns associated with sciatica, which may radiate from the low back into the leg and foot, are a good example of how this works.

Other common sources include peripheral nerve entrapments that can occur at specific anatomic locations. For example, the median nerve can become entrapped at the carpal tunnel or the pronator teres. Each peripheral nerve has a variety of anatomical structures it passes through or around that may contribute to entrapment or pinching of the nerve.


 

Treatment

Due to the many possible causes of your leg or arm pain, it’s important to accurately determine the source. Once the diagnosis is established Dr. Fred or Dr. Kathleen will discuss treatment plan options with you.

If your problem stems from the spine, common spinal treatments may include spinal decompression, postural or McKenzie exercises, spinal mobilization, ultrasound therapy, range of motion exercises, acupuncture, and more.

If your evaluation shows your tingling and numbness is due to an entrapment problem in your arm or leg, a highly effective treatment option the doctors may discus with you is Active Release procedures designed to treat peripheral nerve entrapment problems.

If you are experiencing arm or leg pain, tingling or numbness, call us today.  Dr. Fred and Dr. Kathleen understand pain and have experience working with patients like you for many years.