A 28-year-old male asked:
what is the definition or description of: arm numbness?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Bennett Machanic answered
51 years experience Neurology
Decreased sensation: Less sensitivity to pin or light touch in the arm. May correspond to anatomical distribution such as ulnar or median nerve, or perhaps cervical anatomical correlates. May be localized using standard testing. Causes are multiple.
Answered on Jan 22, 2016
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra answered
23 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Arm numbness : Lack of normal feeling in an arm can be caused by a local nerve trauma (a cut) or compression at the elbow or at the level of the wrist (e.g. Carpal tunnel syndrome) or it can be caused by compression of a nerve root in the neck. Tracing the numbness, physical exam and diagnostic tests (emg, ncv, mri) can identify the cause usually very well and suggested treatments can usually prevent permanency.
Answered on Mar 7, 2013
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