Feeling Numbness in Your Fingers: Here’s What it Could Mean
Have you been experiencing numbness in your fingers? This uncomfortable feeling can cause tingling, prickling or burning sensations. Due to this discomfort, you may find it difficult to pick things up, interfering with your everyday activities and productivity.
As uncomfortable as finger numbness is, noninvasive treatments are usually effective at treating these symptoms. Your treatment approach will depend on the underlying cause of your numbness. Let’s take a look at why your hands and fingers may be hurting you.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in your hand becomes pinched or obstructed. As a result, you may feel numbness in your thumb, index and middle fingers. It can happen in one or both hands.
Diabetic neuropathy is a serious complication of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This type of nerve damage is caused by high blood sugar levels. It usually happens over time, and the numbness can occur in both your hands and feet.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that causes swelling, tenderness and pain in the joints. It can also result in tingling and numbness in the hands. RA symptoms generally occur on both sides of the body since both sides experience the same joint damage.
Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
The ulnar nerve is a nerve that runs on the little finger’s side of the arm. Sometimes, this nerve can become trapped, causing numbness in the ring and pinky fingers. The most common causes of ulnar nerve entrapment are ganglion cysts, bone fractures and underlying health conditions like MS or Lyme disease.
Radiculopathy is a pinched nerve in the spine. This pressure on one of the neck roots can cause weakness, burning, tingling or loss of feeling in the shoulder, arm, hand or finger. In the hands, it feels similar to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Raynaud’s disease causes the small arteries in your fingers to spasm. This can lead to numbness in the fingers, as well as affect your circulation. Raynaud’s disease often accompanies underlying medical conditions like arthritis or autoimmune diseases.
Get Treatment for Finger Numbness
If you are experiencing numbness in your fingers, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis so that you can be given an appropriate treatment plan. Treatments may include over-the-counter medications, a brace or splint, steroid injections or surgery. Jersey Rehab can help with this issue by removing inflammation and treating pain. Contact our pain doctors at one of our two locations.