Numbness in the body can be caused by injuries, conditions, and even treatments used to combat pain. In this article, we will discuss various conditions, injuries, and treatments that can cause numbness, and when to seek medical attention.
Pain Conditions that Cause Numbness
Most instances of numbness in the body are the result of nerve issues. Our nerves transmit signals from the brain to all the areas of our body. These signals allow us to move our body and feel pain. When our nerves are compressed, impacted, or injured, these signals can be disrupted and result in a loss of feeling to certain areas of the body.
There are many pain conditions and injuries that can result in numbness. Here are a few of the most common:
- Herniated or Bulging Discs in the Spine
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Spinal Stenosis
- Nerve Injuries
Some instances of numbness are totally normal and shouldn’t be cause for concern. If you bump your funny bone and your arm goes numb for a while, there’s not need to worry – the numbness will dissipate on its own. However, there are situations in which numbness can be a sign of a serious condition.
Pain Treatments Causing Numbness
Numbness may also be caused by certain treatment methods like pain pills, pain injections, and more. Some treatments (like corticosteroid injections) nearly always cause numbness for a time. If you are experiencing prolonged periods of numbness that interferes with your body’s mobility, make an appointment with a physician to diagnose the cause of the numbness.
If you are experiencing pain and numbness from a condition, injury, or treatment, contact your pain management specialist today. The pain physicians at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN have over 20 years of experience treating all types of pain conditions and injuries. Contact our providers today to set up your appointment and get back to living a pain free life.