Paresthesia is the numbness or a burning feeling that occurs most often in the extremities such as the hands, arms legs or feet. However, it can also happen anywhere in the body. It is the same pins and needles feeling that happens when someone sits on their leg or foot for too long.
Paresthesia usually presents itself as “pins and needles” sensation which one can feel at a particular part of the body or affect all parts of the body including the tongue.
The symptoms of paresthesia or a pinched nerve include:
- tingling or a “pins and needles” sensation
- aching or burning pain
- numbness or poor feeling in the affected area
- feeling that the affected area has “fallen asleep”
- prickling or itching feeling
- hot or cold skin
Causes of Paresthesia
The following could cause the condition:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Tumor in the spinal cord or brain
- High levels of Vitamin D or other Vitamins
- High blood Pressure
- Nerve injury
- Compressed, or pinched, nerve
One can avoid paresthesia by maintaining good posture. Consequently. correct body positioning is vital to avoiding unnecessary pressure on the nerves.
Avoiding injuries that can occur from heavy and incorrect lifting is also critical. By being mindful of the body’s position, and by changing positions frequently, a person can avoid nerve compression, which may lead to paresthesis.
Moreover, limiting repetitive movements, or at least taking frequent breaks while engaging in daily activities will prevent paresthesia
As always, maintaining a healthy weight and participating in regular exercise, including strength and flexibility exercises, are good strategies for building strong and healthy muscles.
Treatment of Paresthesia
The treatment options for paresthesia depend on the cause. If there is an underlying medical condition causing the symptoms, then treating the condition should also treat the paresthesia.
Physiotherapy can help to build strength in the muscles surrounding the affected nerve. Stronger muscles can help relieve tissue compression and prevent it from reoccurring. Fit muscles can also improve flexibility, the range of motion and mobility.
Rest and bracing
We recommend rest for a pinched nerve.
It is important to stop the activities that are causing the nerve compression to allow the tissues to heal. This means rest can help to stop the movement of such area for a while. Sometimes one can wear a brace to stop movement of the area. For a while.
For example, a wrist brace can be used to immobilize the wrists in a person with carpal tunnel syndrome.
However, using a brace for extended periods of time can cause other problems. Hence, the recommendations of someone’s doctor should always be followed.
For an effective treatment of Paresthesia, visit Effective Physiotherapy & Fitness Clinic at No 2 ,Ajumgobia ,D Close, Kado Estate, Abuja.
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