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There are both pathological (disease or injury related) and non-pathological causes for a tingling sensation in the extremities of the human body (sometimes referred to as “pins and needles). Some of the pathological causes include, but are not limited to:
Non-pathological causes for a tingling sensation in the extremities include things as simple as “falling asleep on an arm, or crossing the legs for an extended period of time.” If you have been involved in an automobile accident and are experiencing tingling sensations in your hands, feet, or another part of the body, it could be the result of a condition called “peripheral neuropathy.” According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS):
“Peripheral neuropathy describes damage to the peripheral nervous system, the vast communications network that transmits information from the brain and spinal cord (the central nervous system) to every other part of the body. Peripheral nerves also send sensory information back to the brain and spinal cord, such as a message that the feet are cold or a finger is burned. Damage to the peripheral nervous system interferes with these vital connections. Like static on a telephone line, peripheral neuropathy distorts and sometimes interrupts messages between the brain and the rest of the body. “Because every peripheral nerve has a highly specialized function in a specific part of the body, a wide array of symptoms can occur when nerves are damaged. Some people may experience temporary numbness, tingling, and pricking sensations (paresthesia), sensitivity to touch, or muscle weakness. Others may suffer more extreme symptoms, including burning pain (especially at night), muscle wasting, paralysis, or organ or gland dysfunction. People may become unable to digest food easily, maintain safe levels of blood pressure, sweat normally, or experience normal sexual function. In the most extreme cases, breathing may become difficult or organ failure may occur.”
“Neuropathy of the arms and legs is the second most common ailment treated by chiropractors, according to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.” Chiropractic treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy include “Spinal Decompression, Spinal Manipulation, therapeutic modalities and oxygen therapy to name a few.” Dr. Rhodes and her team at the Oregon Injury Clinic, located in SE Portland, are ready to meet with you to discuss the tingling sensations you are experiencing. Dr. Rhodes, an experienced and caring chiropractor, will work with you to properly diagnose the cause of your tingling sensations and then prescribe the best course of chiropractic treatment. At the Oregon Injury Clinic, our first priority is to secure your family’s health. Contact us, today, to make an appointment.