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My Arms and Hands Tingle: What Could It Mean?

My Arms and Hands Tingle: What Could It Mean?

You know what it feels like when a hand falls asleep, usually because you’ve bent it or compressed it in an odd way. That kind of tingling is temporary, clearing up when circulation is restored.

Chronic, ongoing tingling or numbness is different. Long-term symptoms could be the result of an underlying condition called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). And unlike temporary numbness that goes away on its own, CRPS symptoms need medical attention to relieve discomfort and prevent more serious nerve damage.

At Pacific Sports and Spine, our team uses advanced diagnostic techniques to diagnose and treat CRPS. If you have tingling in your hands and arms, here’s what you should know about CRPS and its treatment.

Complex regional pain syndrome 101

CRPS is a chronic medical condition that causes painful symptoms, typically arising following an injury or after a surgical procedure. Sometimes, CRPS happens without any known cause.

Unlike other injury-related discomfort that clears up once the area heals, CRPS symptoms persist for months or years. People who have CRPS have such symptoms as:

Researchers aren’t sure why CRPS happens, but they do know it’s related to an overactive nerve response. In CRPS, nerve fibers are hypersensitive, sending pain signals to the brain even when there’s no physical cause of discomfort. 

Treating CRPS

Although there’s no cure for CRPS, there are treatments that can minimize and relieve symptoms, including tingling and numbness. At Pacific Sports and Spine, we use a patient-centered approach to care, customizing each treatment plan for the best possible results. 

Physical therapy

Physical therapy uses exercises and stretching to promote strength and flexibility in your joints and limbs. Therapeutic exercises increase circulation to the affected nerve to provide healing and relief.

Nerve blocks

Nerve blocks are injections that use special solutions aimed at blocking nerve signals between your brain and the affected part of your body. As the solution wears off, we can repeat the injections to help keep symptoms at bay.

Implantable devices

When therapy and nerve blocks aren’t effective, we might suggest a minimally invasive procedure to implant a device to relieve pain and tingling. Intrathecal pain pumps release pain medication into your spinal canal, while spinal cord stimulators emit tiny bursts of electrical current to disrupt pain signals. 

Schedule an evaluation

CRPS isn’t the only cause of tingling in your arms and hands. Peripheral neuropathy and nerve compression in your spine or at a joint can cause similar symptoms. 

We perform comprehensive evaluations to determine the cause of tingling, numbness, and other symptoms, so you can get the most appropriate treatment and the fastest relief. 

If you have tingling, numbness, or other symptoms in your arms or hands, an evaluation is the first step toward feeling better and preventing more serious issues. To schedule your evaluation, call our office in Eugene or Roseburg, Oregon.

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