Numbness is an unnerving symptom that can give you quite a scare. Usually, numbness signals nerve impairment that can be reversed by a specialist. Dr. Bryce Chaffee targets numbness with therapies like acupuncture and spinal adjustments; you can trust Paragon Physical Medicine to alleviate your worries and your symptoms. If you’re looking for a medical clinic in the Wooster, Ohio area, contact Dr. Chaffee online or over the phone for a consultation.
Numbness Q & A
What causes numbness?
Numbness usually signals a nerve malfunction. The sensation means a nerve is pinched, damaged, or irritated, and is interfering with the transmission of nerve signals to the brain.
You experience a similar effect when you feel numbness and tingling after sitting in the same position for too long: You lose sensation in your foot or hand when you put pressure on the nerve.
The difference is numbness doesn’t go away after moving if you have poor circulation or a pinched or damaged nerve. Numbness is often a symptom of the following conditions:
- Carpal tunnel
- Slipped disc
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Multiple sclerosis
When should I see a chiropractor for numbness?
If you experience unexplained numbness and tingling that doesn’t go away or worsens, you should notify your healthcare practitioner. You should also seek medical attention if you experience numbness because of a fall or accident.
If you have one of the above conditions, you can make an appointment with Dr. Chaffee for appropriate chiropractic treatment. If he can catch nerve problems early, he can treat them much more effectively. It’s important to let him know about your symptoms quickly.
What happens if I don’t get treatment for numbness?
Recurrent numbness in your extremities makes it difficult to perform daily tasks. If you have numbness in your hands, for example, you may have difficulty grasping objects or typing on a keyboard.
Foot numbness also causes difficulty walking and driving. If you don’t get treatment, you endure these side effects unnecessarily.
Worse still, if left untreated, you could have permanent nerve damage. Your nerve damage could be progressive, leading to more problems as time goes on. Thankfully, early treatment can help restore function.
What treatments help relieve numbness?
Dr. Chaffee formulates a personalized treatment plan based on your condition, health history, and preferences. He offers a combination of the following treatments for numbness:
- Spinal adjustments: quick manual movements move your spine back into alignment to take pressure off the affected nerve
- Acupuncture: tiny needles restore your body’s energy flow and stimulate natural pain relievers
- Trigger point injections: nerve block injections relax tight balls of muscle
- Physical rehabilitation: targeted exercises restore blood flow and proper mechanics
Any time you experience prolonged numbness, you should contact your doctor. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Chaffee by calling or using the online scheduler.