Schedule an appointment for the treatment of tingling hand issues at the Fizionova Center
If you suspect or have received a diagnosis related to spine problems, seek a solution at Fizionova. Our team consists of therapists, physiotherapists, kinesiotherapists, and practitioners who can offer specialized examinations and therapies for your individual problem. The goal is to achieve an effective solution non-invasively, starting from prevention and treatments with laser therapy, magnetic and electrotherapy, exercises, and massages at our center. What we are particularly proud of and have shown excellent results in treating this problem is the application of focused FSWT therapy.
Tingling in the hands, a sensation of pins and needles, spreading from the shoulder-blade area, down the forearm, and all the way to the hand and fingers is typically associated with neck problems (disc herniation, disc protrusion from C4 to T1 level). It is often related to impingement on peripheral nerves that innervate the hand. Changes can be sensory, trophic, and vascular. Tingling can be exclusively nocturnal or occur during physical activity (daily activities).
When a patient comes to us, it is essential to first determine the cause of the problem through tests and analysis of medical history (when tingling occurs, whether it is constant, whether it is provoked by a specific position or physical activity, and so on). Only after that can we discuss therapy and prevention with the patient.
In cases where a diagnosis of disc herniation and protrusion is confirmed, we offer protocols for cervical syndrome to our patients. More about these protocols can be found here.
Patients who come to us usually report that their symptoms have developed gradually, and they initially tried to resolve them with various medications. Unfortunately, in most cases, the condition became chronic before they realized they needed professional help. In such cases, chronic neuropathy in the hand has already developed, significantly altering the sensation in one hand compared to the other.
Therefore, we suggest that you do not wait for the symptoms to worsen but try to seek therapy while the condition is still in the acute phase.
When is the cause of tingling hands a neurological disorder, and when is it related to spine problems?
But how do you know when tingling is associated with specific neurological and other disorders, and when the cause may be different issues related to the neck and spine?
If tingling symptoms occur when sitting for extended periods, working at a computer, or during certain movements or body positions, it is most likely that the cause of the discomfort originates from poor body mechanics and spine problems. In this case, conditions that can lead to tingling may include:
This condition involves the ossification of the spine. It is a degenerative condition that can affect vertebrae, ligaments, joints, and the discs between the vertebrae. Spondylosis most often occurs in older individuals and results from wear and tear on the spine. Its causes can be related to prolonged sitting, and poor posture, and symptoms gradually develop and worsen. Initially, neck and shoulder pain may occur, which later progresses to stiffness in the neck and eventually a tingling sensation and numbness in the hand and fingers. Usually, one side is more affected, so tingling initially occurs in one hand but can gradually affect both sides of the body.
This condition leads to disruptions in the neck's structure and muscle strain, resulting in the protrusion of the head forward. Head protrusion affects the balance of vertebrae, ligaments, and muscles. Symptoms that usually appear first are neck and shoulder pain, followed by headaches, jaw problems, various uncomfortable sensations in the face and tongue, as well as tingling in the hands and fingers. The consequences of head protrusion can be accelerated degenerative changes in the neck, but the solution exists: it is necessary to determine and address the root cause of the problem and work on muscle strengthening and proper body posture.
Cervical Spine Disc Herniation
Another degenerative spine condition that can cause tingling in the hands and fingers among other accompanying symptoms. Cervical spine disc herniation occurs when a disc moves from its normal position, leading to pressure on nerves or the spinal cord. Cervical disc herniation can cause symptoms such as neck pain, shoulder pain, pain between the shoulder blades, pain in the back of the head, tingling, and weakness in the hands and legs, an inability to perform fine finger movements, and more. Cervical disc herniation can often be treated non-invasively with physical therapy, magnetic therapy, and electrotherapy. In extreme cases, surgical treatment may be necessary.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
TOS is a very complex condition that encompasses a group of disorders that occur when nerves and/or blood vessels (arteries and veins) in the lower neck and upper chest area are compressed, injured, or irritated. Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is named after the space (thoracic outlet) between the lower neck and upper chest where this group of nerves and blood vessels is located.
This syndrome affects people of all ages and genders. TOS is a common condition among athletes participating in sports that involve repetitive arm and shoulder movements, such as baseball, swimming, volleyball, and other sports. Among the numerous symptoms that accompany thoracic outlet syndrome, tingling and numbness, as well as weakness in the arm and hand that originate from the neck, head, and shoulder, are included.
When is it necessary to urgently contact a doctor?
As we have already mentioned, if tingling occurs during specific movements, prolonged sitting, or certain body positions, the cause of the problem is likely related to the spine. However, if the symptom of tingling and numbness in the hands and fingers is associated with other symptoms such as speech difficulties, vision problems, balance issues, or complete loss of sensation on one side of the body, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention.
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Dr Jelena Kluz-Đurđević, a specialist in physical medicine
After a conversation with the patient, Dr. Jelena will conduct an examination to obtain a more comprehensive view of your health status, helping to determine whether it's an injury or a diagnosis.
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