FORM Hand Therapy

When Your Hand Goes Numb

Do you often feel stiffness or numbness in your hand when you get up in the morning?
Sleeping in a position that makes your hand numb and then changing the position and the numbness goes away is common. Do you know it can be a sign of an underlying medical condition? If the morning stiffness and weakness last more than 2 hours, it may reflect on rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune arthritis. The numbness and tingling with morning stiffness suggest a nerve compression, B-12 deficiency, or thyroid. Any signs of difficulty gripping things may indicate carpal tunnel syndrome.

 If you wake up with numb hands, you must not take it lightly and be aware of your symptoms.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If the median nerve in the carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway on the front of your
wrist, compresses, it causes carpal tunnel syndrome. Numbness, tingling, or loss of grip are common. Repetitive hand motions may trigger wrist trauma.

Cervical Spondylosis

Everyday wear and tear to the spinal discs in the neck can cause cervical spondylosis.
It can cause osteoarthritis, such as bone spurs and bulging discs. They may narrow the space in your cervical spine and pressure on the nerve or spinal cord, causing numbness and tingling.

Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS)

If nerves or blood vessels in the lower neck and upper chest area are irritated, compressed, or injured, you may experience shoulder and neck pain and numbness in the fingers, hand, and forearm.

Peripheral neuropathy

It can involve damage to the peripheral nervous system, which receives and sends
signals between your central nervous system and the rest of the body. Around 100 types of peripheral neuropathy and symptoms depend on the nerves affected. Symptoms include

            ·        Tingling and numbness

            ·        Sharp and stabbing pain

            ·        Buzzing sensation

            ·        Vitamin B-12 deficiency

Vitamin B-12 is essential for brain functioning and central nervous system and DNA
synthesis. It is also needed to make red blood cells. Age, family history, or certain medical conditions are some of the causes of deficiency.

Ganglion cyst

They are noncancerous lumps that grow along the joints or tendons in the wrists or
hands. A cyst presses on a nerve, and it can cause numbness in the hands. It is
painful when pressed and can cause trouble during movement.

Even if you change your positions and do not see any improvement in your numbness, you might want to consult regarding your condition. To learn more, you may schedule
a consultation with Form Hand Therapy at (510) 350-3030 today.