How to combat numbness in the arms and hands

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How to combat numbness in the arms and hands
How to combat numbness in the arms and hands (Flickr.com, user Al Greer)

Numbness in the arms and hands is usually a symptom of an underlying problem, such as trauma, poor circulation, disk herniation, bone impingement, compression of the ulnar or median nerves, repetitive motion or overuse injury. And while the causes may be easily determined after a thorough medical examination, learning how to combat numbness in the arms and hands is sometimes much more difficult.

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    Make an appointment with a doctor. Before you can learn how to combat numbness in your arms and hands, you must first find out what is causing it. Ask your doctor questions and make sure you understand the answers. If you have a tendency to forget things, write down your questions in advance and bring them with you to your appointment.

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    Educate yourself. Once your doctor determines the cause of your condition, you 'll be better equipped to determine available options. Websites like About.com and MayoClinic.com have a wealth of medical information available that is easy to understand. Remember, treatment is going to depend on what is causing the problem.

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    Try conservative remedies first. For example, if overuse or repetitive motion is associated with your numbness, then stop doing what is causing the symptoms and rest your limbs. Ice is also a good remedy to reduce swelling, which is sometimes associated with numbness. Taking Motrin or another anti-inflammatory medication may also help, but you should take these as directed for at least two weeks to benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects.

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    Consider homeopathic remedies. Both St. John's wort and homeopathic arnica come in pill form and can be purchased from a health food store. Cow Parsnip Tincture can be applied directly on the skin and is said to help stimulate regrowth of damaged nerves. Ask your local health food store what is recommended for your condition. People who work there are often very knowledgeable when it comes to homeopathic remedies.

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    Try acupuncture. A holistic approach, acupuncture has been an effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions and/or injuries for many years. Treatment benefits include the improvement of physical health conditions as well as enhanced mental clarity. The benefits of acupuncture are so widely recognised, it has now expanded into many conventional types of health care settings.

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    Ask your doctor about medications or surgery. When homeopathic or holistic health measures are unable to resolve the problem, you may have to go with conventional medicine. A combination of homeopathic remedies and conventional medication may also work. Surgical intervention should always be the last option considered due to the many possible complications. Once you learn how to combat numbness in your arms and hands, you will be on the road to better health.

Tips and warnings

  • Check with your doctor before taking any type of homeopathic treatments, especially if you are on other types of medication.
  • This information is not meant to replace sound medical advice.

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