Damaged nerves in your spine can cause a range of problems, including numbness and tingling. If you're struggling with symptoms like these, the skilled team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine can help. They have locations in Englewood, Jersey City, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Bayonne, New Jersey, as well as the Castleton Corners area of Staten Island in New York City, where they offer a range of effective solutions for the underlying causes of numbness. To benefit from their expertise, call the Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Numbness is the loss of feeling in part of your body. It can happen when you cut off the blood supply to a leg or arm when you sit down or in bed – the feeling that part of you has “gone to sleep.” When the limb starts recovering, it usually causes tingling or unpleasant pricking sensations known as "pins-and-needles."
These types of numbness are brief and have an easily identifiable cause, so they're usually nothing to worry about. However, it's quite common for spinal problems to result in numbness and tingling too.
You could feel the numbness in your back or neck, but also your shoulders and arms or hips, buttocks, and legs, depending on the source of the problem.
Spinal conditions that can cause numbness typically involve radiculopathy – nerve compression in your spinal canal. This compression can occur for several reasons, including:
The discs that cushion your spine fit between your vertebrae, absorbing shock and keeping your spine stabilized. As you age, you may develop degenerative disc disease, where the discs get drier and flatter. That changes your spine's alignment and can result in a slipped or herniated disc, both of which can cause nerve compression.
Of the many types of arthritis in existence, the one that's most likely to affect your spine is osteoarthritis. This wear-and-tear condition causes inflammation, pain, and stiffness that worsens over the years. It often develops in your facet joints, which link the vertebrae.
As well as causing changes in your spinal alignment, arthritis can trigger the growth of osteophytes or bone spurs – outgrowths of bone that your body creates to reinforce weakened vertebrae. Osteophytes can press on or irritate the nerves and cause numbness and tingling.
Thickened ligaments, tumors, and spinal fractures could also result in numbness and tingling.
The treatment you need for numbness may depend on the cause and severity of your symptoms and other factors like your age.
A combination of methods is often more effective, so the Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine team could create a program for you that includes treatments such as:
If your condition fails to improve and is having a serious impact on your life, you might need to undergo spinal surgery.
Minimally invasive decompression procedures for herniated discs like oblique lumbar interbody fusion (OLIF) and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) are just some examples of the surgeries available at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine.
For expert treatment of numbness, tingling, and other spine-related symptoms, call the office or book an appointment online today.