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Pins and Needles

Pins and Needles

Pins and Needles, also known as Paresthesia in medical terminology, is a strange sensation of prickling or tingling pain most commonly felt in the hands and feet.

We’ve all experienced it at least once, where we have been sitting in the same position for a bit too long and that particular body part has fallen asleep. This sensation occurs due to compression which causes the blood supply to be reduced to that area. This is a common occurrence and should not be the cause for alarm. However if pins and needles occur on a regular basis, it could be an indication of something more serious.

In some cases pins and needles result due to nerve compression or disorders of the central nervous system. Our nerves are responsible for sensation and muscle strength around our body. When any one of these nerves becomes pinched or compressed, it obstructs the communication that the brain has with that muscle, which in turn causes the tingling or pins and needles sensation. Even only a small amount of pressure being applied can cause pins and needles to occur.

Depending on the level of nerve compression, symptoms may range from tingling, to complete numbness as well as muscular weakness. Either end of the spectrum it is very important that you seek the attention of a Physiotherapist immediately. It is important that you have yourself assessed to determine what is causing the pinching of the nerves. Some common conditions which involve a pinched nerve are:

  • Bulging discs
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Disc disease
  • Bad posture
  • Arthritis
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

Here at Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta we treat many patients who experience varying levels of pins and needles. Many of whom suffer from any one of the above mentioned conditions. We have a range of treatment options available and can’t stress enough how important it is to seek treatment for recurring pins and needles. For an appointment call and speak to our highly trained staff today.