Shoulder/arm pain, numbness, or the 'tingling' sensation you feel can be caused by constriction of blood flow or nerve pressure somewhere between these body parts. When a nerve connecting to your shoulders or arms gets pinched, it can produce a sharp shooting pain radiating throughout the affected areas. Often, a person would experience these sensations on one part of the arm or shoulder, but it can affect both sides in some cases.
Numbness and tingling come in two forms, including paresthesia and dysesthesia. Paresthesia is what many individuals often describe as 'pins and needles' on the skin, or the unconscious feeling of your arm 'falling asleep.' Dysesthesia is another form of numbness and tingling but happens less often than paresthesia. It's more severe and persistent, causing itching or pain resembling getting an electric shock, burning, or tightening.
Patients experiencing pain or numbness on their arms or shoulders often get misdiagnosed for carpal tunnel syndrome, where the issue may originate from a pinched or irritated nerve. Pinpointing the exact causes of numbness or tingling can be difficult. Still, with the help of running the proper set of tests, a healthcare professional can identify the precise root cause of the problem, which is vital for the treatment.
A chiropractor can help you pinpoint the issues and create a personalized treatment plan for your specific condition.
Causes of Numbness and Tingling
The sensation of tingling and numbness that many individuals refer to as 'pins and needles' or the feeling of your skin crawling are abnormal sensations that anyone can experience. These commonly happen in the arms, hands, legs, feet, fingers, and shoulders.
These sensations can be triggered by an array of causes, with the most common ones, including the following:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The most common condition that often gets associated with numbness and tingling on the arms or shoulders is the carpal syndrome. This condition is caused by having pressure, compression, or irritation on the median nerve in your wrist's narrow passageway. There are many causes of carpal tunnel syndrome, which can be or a combination of fractures in the wrist, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, repetitive hand gestures, diabetes, or fluid retention.
A pinched nerve or cervical radiculopathy is often caused by a nerve on your neck being irritated, coming off from the spinal cord. It's often triggered by injury or old-age, causing a bulging or herniated intervertebral disk, causing shoulder/arm pain, weakness, or sensation loss.
Lack of Movement
If you've had your arm in a single potion position for an extended period, you can experience a tingling sensation in that particular arm when you suddenly move it. These can go away either immediately or after a couple of minutes when you move it, allowing the blood to flow smoothly to your nerves.
This condition refers to the damage to a person's peripheral nerves, causing a tingling sensation or pain that can be excruciating, resembling a burning or stabbing feeling. Peripheral neuropathy usually starts in the hands or feet, spreading upwards to these areas, allowing you to experience 'skin crawling.' The condition can be caused by several ailments, including diabetes, alcoholism, and spider or insect bites.
Vitamin B Deficiency
A vitamin b deficiency, specifically vitamin b-12, can lead to nerve damage, causing numbness and tingling in your limbs, shoulders, and arms. If you're experiencing these sensations, you may lack vitamin B, but you can easily fight this by eating more vitamin b rich foods. These include meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.
This condition occurs when the holes on the spine's side become small or narrow, resulting in excessive pressure on the nerves that pass through them. These changes can happen due to loss of disc height or bone spurs formed into a 'foramen,' which is the most common cause of foraminal encroachment. When you have this condition, you can experience pain, tingling, and numbness on your body's lower area, usually from the leg to the buttocks.
Multiple sclerosis is an auto-immune disease that can disable your brain and central nervous system. That's because your immune system perceives the protective sheath around your nerve fibers to be a foreign body. This scenario causes communication issues between your brain and your body. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis include numbness or weakness, fatigue, tremor, and tingling or pain.
You can deal with any of these conditions by consuming nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or painkillers, and injectable corticosteroids to alleviate pain.
Most treatment options that each possible cause of tingling and numbness can only provide temporary relief. That's why it's best to go for natural healing with a chiropractor's help for long-term relief. However, if your condition is severe or experiencing constant weakness on your arms or numbness on your shoulders, a physician may recommend surgery.
Are Tingling and Numbness Serious?
While tingling and numbness can be unpleasant, confusing, and sometimes even scary, these sensations are rarely severe. That's because the common form of it, paresthesia, usually goes away on its own and often happens due to your arm or leg falling asleep. You can alleviate pain by moving your arm or stretching your shoulders to initiate the blood flow to run through your nerves better.
However, the other form of tingling and numbness, dysesthesia, can indicate something more severe as it's less common and usually means severe nerve damage or a chronic inflammatory condition. It's best to be wary of uncomfortable or excruciatingly painful numbness and tingling that's persistent or no discernible cause to get the treatment you need or before it worsens.
When to Seek Professional Medical Care
Although tingling and numbing don't usually indicate any severe conditions, sometimes, it can mean something serious. You can determine if your state requires immediate care if these sensations don't disappear within a few minutes. Another way to determine if you need a professional's help is if the feeling abruptly occurs with no discernable explanation.
If you're experiencing pain, numbness, or tingling on your shoulders, arms, legs, and other parts of your body alongside any of these symptoms, it's wise to seek urgent care.
- Inability to walk or move
- Have suffered from a recent injury on the back, head, or neck
- Loss of consciousness
- Difficulty speaking or slurred speech
- Visual impairments
- Irregular bowel and bladder movements
- Sharp pain
- Muscle spasms
When you experience any of the symptoms mentioned, you should seek immediate medical help from licensed physicians around your area. If you're having a difficult time determining if the sensations you're feeling are any of the symptoms above, you can consult with a chiropractor to help pinpoint the root cause of the tingling and numbness, alongside the exact symptoms you're experiencing.
Chiropractic Treatment: An Healthier and More Natural Alternative
Chiropractic care can address shoulder/arm pain, tingling, and numbness. These sensations are often overlooked by physicians, leaving patients to deal with discomfort. Chiropractors can help pinpoint the exact causes of the tingling and numbness while creating a tailored treatment plan for you that's all-natural. That's because chiropractic practices emphasize a more holistic approach towards health, which means chiropractors aim to promote better health and overall well-being by providing non-surgical and non-invasive treatments.
Chiropractors strive to alleviate pain and help a patient resolve their problems without turning to medication and surgery. If you've been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome or experiencing general tingling and numbness on certain parts of your body, chiropractic care has the solutions to help. A chiropractor will do quick physical examinations to see if there may be any other underlying cause of your arm pain and the tingling or numbing sensations.
These professionals will then suggest a personalized treatment plan to help alleviate pain and promote better health. Chiropractic techniques used for treatment include gentle adjustments to the wrist, arm, or shoulder, freeing the nerves that were causing the pain on those parts. Besides adjustments, chiropractors can also suggest you ice your wrists or shoulders to control inflammation. They may also tell you to wear stabilizing braces if you're working in a field that requires repetitive motions like typing on a keyboard.
But besides providing healthier and natural treatment options, many chiropractors are discovering that arm or shoulder tingling and numbness are often misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome when the real issue is in the patient's neck. The pain is caused by subluxations or spinal misalignments, allowing you to experience pain, tingling, and numbness.
However, wherever you're experiencing tingling or numbing, chiropractic care can help alleviate pain.
If you're experiencing any of these sensations and are looking for a reliable chiropractor, Dr. Jacob Tucker is one of the best in the field. He has successfully treated arm, shoulder, leg, hand, and feet tingling or numbness due to various causes. Whether it's from carpal tunnel syndrome to more unusual cases such as multiple sclerosis, chiropractic care can help.
Dr. Jacob Tucker offers chiropractic treatment that has provided pain relief for several patients suffering arm pain, tingling, numbness, bulging discs, etc. Get the help you deserve today and book an appointment with Dr. Jacob Tucker for a better, healthier, and happier you.