What can cause numbness and tingling in my arm or leg?
Numbness and tingling int he extremities is most commonly caused by decreased oxygen to the nerve due to compression, or pressure on the nerve. Fortunately these types of nerve pressure or “pinched nerves” respond well to chiropractic care. An injury to the neck may cause radiating numbness and tingling along the arm or into the hand. An injury to the neck may cause radiating numbness and tingling along the arm or into the hand. An injury to the low back may cause radiating numbness and tingling along the leg and foot. There are other possible causes of numbness and radiating pain, and with a thorough musculoskeletal history and exam, Dr. Hall can discover the cause of the nerve impingement and treat it. He does this through a combination of chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic exercises and stretching, and postural corrections, and even possibly spinal decompression.
Other possible causes of numbness and tingling:
- Sitting or standing in the same position for a long time
- Pressure on the nerves of the spine, as from a herniated disk
- Pressure on peripheral nerves from enlarged blood vessels, tumors, scar tissue, or infection
- Lack of blood supply to an area, such as from atherosclerosis or vasculitis
- Abnormal levels of calcium, potassium, or sodium
- Lack of vitamin B12
- Certain medications