A loss of sensation or numbness of the arms and hands can sometimes signal a serious physical problem. Additionally, there's a lot of psychological and emotional distress that comes from not being able to use your hands and arms the way you're accustomed to doing. This numbness may interfere with your ability to work, make it difficult for you to care for your family and prevent you from participating in the relaxing pastimes that make life more enjoyable.
Clearly, it's important to have such problems diagnosed quickly. However, these symptoms are often misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome. While patients experiencing numbness may suffer from carpal tunnel, many others experience numbness for another reason.
People who visit a chiropractor while suffering from numbness of the hands and arms may receive a diagnosis of a pinched nerve or a spinal subluxation. Usually, these symptoms originate from a misalignment in the neck, and can be alleviated through chiropractic care. Nerves found in the neck are responsible for control of the hand and arm. Consequently, treatment of a cervical spine misalignment can result in the return of sensation to the arm and hand, as well as a lessening of pain.
On the initial chiropractic visit, the chiropractor fully examines the patient's neck, arms and hands to determine the cause(s) of the symptoms. After a careful diagnosis, the treatment to correct the root of the problem can begin. An examination reveals the origination point of the problem, and the chiropractor works to correct the problem.
Many chiropractic clients begin to experience symptom relief with their very first visit. Although the problem may require continuing care, the duration of which may vary depending on the condition. Patients should note a steady improvement in their symptoms for the duration of treatment. As sensation returns and pain lessens, they are able to engage in more and more of their usual activities until their life returns to normal.
Chiropractic care can be the ideal way to diagnose and treat arm and hand numbness that is significantly affecting your quality of life.
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