Numbness and Tingling in Joints
When your joints are battered by trauma, the damage may go farther than you think. The longer you leave your symptoms untreated, the more additional injuries you are prone to cause by overworking other body parts. Misalignment can also create serious auxiliary problems, particularly in areas close to the spine; it is imperative to get a doctor’s opinion within 72 hours if you are experiencing odd sensations in your joints. Seeing a chiropractic professional at Pain Stop Clinics can determine the best treatment option and prevent more damage in the future.
Sometimes the positive offshoots of expedient medical care are financial as well as physical. If you have been in an accident, your treatment could become a legal problem. If you are to get the insurance coverage you are entitled to, you will need documentation connecting your injury to your accident.
Not all injuries happen suddenly. Some evolve over many years of repetitive strain, so that tight wrist or prickly shoulder might be a sign that you are more battered and bruised than you think you are. These are the most common causes of numb and tingling joints:
Numb joints are often a sign of nerve damage. Nerves are delicate structures; stretching, blunt-force trauma or pressure can cause a range of different kinds of nerve injuries, including:
- Swelling, stretching or pinching of the nerves around the spine
- Compressed nerves due to sprains or swelling
- Severed nerves caused by a cut
If the problem is neurological, you might feel more sensitive to temperature changes. Nerves can often be repaired or treated in ways that encourage the body to heal itself.
Even a minor fender bender or work injury can trigger enough jarring to cause whiplash, which is the result of a sudden back and forth movement of the head. Symptoms often worsen gradually over the first 24 hours and can include:
- Tingling in the arms
- Blurred vision
- Muscle tightness or weakness
These symptoms are alarming for good reason: they may signal something far worse than basic nerve damage. Always see an injury treatment professional immediately if you experience them.
Peripheral Neuropathy can be caused by an injury or years of repetitive movements that cause scar tissue to form around the joints. Even inactivity can cause injuries of this nature, putting excess pressure on the median nerve in the wrist.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a white-collar injury that can be caused by repetitive strain or sudden trauma. If you feel weakness, tingling and numbness in the hand or fingers, the median nerve in the wrist may be under pressure. This nerve can also be injured because of swelling or scar tissue in the arm or neck.
A pinched nerve in the spinal column often causes tingling and intermittent pins and needles in the hand. This happens when ligaments or swelling compress the spine, cutting off signals to the brain. You may also have a ruptured disc or bone spur in the neck.
To diagnose your problem as quickly as possible, your doctor might order:
- Blood and nerve tests
- A physical exam to assess the strength of the affected limb and your neurological function.
- An MRI, PET and CT scan
- An EEG and EMG
Some injuries can trigger life-threatening trauma such as a hemorrhagic stroke and a ruptured aneurysm. The blood vessels are susceptible to trauma, too. The sooner you are given a diagnostic workup, the better your prognosis is likely to be. Numbness is easier to suffer through than pain is, but it can be a red flag signaling a severe traumatic brain injury. A thorough, expedient assessment by a professional at Pain Stop Clinics is critical.