What causes Numbness?
Numbness can be caused by several factors, some temporary whereas others may be more long term. Some of the most common causes for numbness are:
- Nerve entrapment (sitting on a foot)
- Nerve irritation (carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Neurological conditions (Multiple Sclerosis)
- Stroke (CVA)
How can Physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapist may be able to help treat the cause of numbness through a comprehensive assessment and individually tailored treatment plan. Physiotherapy maybe able to help the symptom of numbness by:
- Diagnosing the cause
- Treating the cause
- Sensitization therapy techniques
- Pain management for surrounding areas
What types of Physiotherapy treatments are expected for numbness?
Dependent upon the cause of numbness will depend upon the types of treatment which will be received. Upon examination the Physiotherapist will build a picture of potential causes and formulate a suitable treatment plan. Some of the treatments could include
- Electrotherapy (PSWD, Interferential, TENS)
- Normalising sensation
- Neural dynamic stretches
- Pain Management
- Strengthening exercises
Numbness is usually as a result of a compressed or damaged nerve. Depending upon the reasons for the alteration in sensation with depend on the type of treatment and other symptoms such as weak muscles as their nerve supply has been cut off. The Physiotherapists at Physio.co.uk are experienced qualified members of staff who have treated this symptom many times before. Please contact us or call 0330 088 7800 to arrange an appointment.