Pain, Tingling And Numbness

Innovative Spine Care

Minimally Invasive Spine Specialist located in Tampa, FL

Pain, tingling, and numbness in your extremities (arms or legs) are common symptoms of a pinched nerve in your spine. If you’ve got symptoms like these, Stephen Watson, MD, of Innovative Spine Care in Tampa, Florida, can help. Dr. Watson is an expert in performing thulium laser discectomy and neural decompression to treat herniated discs — one of the most likely causes of pain, tingling, and numbness. Find out how you could benefit from minimally invasive laser discectomy by calling Innovative Spine Care today or booking an appointment online.

Pain, Tingling and Numbness in Extremities Q&A

What causes pain, tingling, and numbness?

Pain, tingling, and numbness often occur with various musculoskeletal conditions. Other sensations like prickling, burning, and “pins and needles” can also affect you at the same time. The cause of all these symptoms is usually nerve compression, irritation, or damage.

The nerves that spread throughout your body branch out from your spinal cord. This nerve hub sits inside your spinal canal, protected by the vertebrae that form your spine. In a normal, healthy spine, the nerves exiting your spinal cord pass through gaps in the vertebrae.

However, the space for your nerves is minimal, so if anything is out of alignment in your spine, it can put pressure on the nerves, pinching or irritating them. The result is pain, tingling, and numbness that follows the path of the affected nerve.

If the pressure is on a nerve in your cervical spine (neck), the pain, tingling, and numbness affect your arms and hands. If the pressure is on a nerve in your lumbar spine (lower back), the pain, tingling, and numbness affect your hips, buttocks, and legs.

What conditions might cause pain, tingling, and numbness?

Pain, tingling, and numbness in your arms or legs could be due to several conditions, including:

  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Osteoarthritis and bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Vertebral compression fractures
  • Scoliosis (abnormal spine curvature)
  • Spondylolisthesis

Symptoms like pain, tingling, and numbness in your arms and legs that are due to nerve compression in your spine are known as radiculopathy. Sciatica, for instance, is lumbar radiculopathy.

What treatments can help with pain, tingling, and numbness?

The treatment you need for pain, tingling, and numbness varies depending on the underlying cause. Rest and activity modification, medication, hot and cold therapy, and physical therapy are often helpful in relieving symptoms of pain, tingling, and numbness.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) or traction might also be useful. Steroid injections into the epidural space surrounding your spinal cord can help with persistent symptoms. Steroids have a potent, long-lasting anti-inflammatory effect that relieves pressure from swollen tissues.

If your pain, tingling, and numbness don’t improve, or the nerve compression is causing severe symptoms, you might benefit from a procedure like laser discectomy and neural decompression using a thulium laser.

Dr. Watson is an expert in performing this advanced, minimally invasive procedure for treating herniated discs — the most likely cause of your pain, tingling, and numbness.

To find the right remedy for your symptoms, call Innovative Spine Care today or book an appointment online.