A 34-year-old male asked:
can neck and back problems cause tingling/numbess and pain in hand and fingers? already had carpal tunnel release surgery.
3 doctor answers
Dr. Larry Greenbaum answered
36 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common cause of entrapment neuropathy (pinched nerve) in the arm, but there are other nerves in the neck and arm that may also be pinched. Neuropathy can also be due to diabetes and many other causes.
Answered on Nov 20, 2013
Dr. Michael Bolesta answered
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Neck yes: Cervical spine (neck) problems such as disk herniation and spondylosis ('arthritis') can irritate nerves that can cause hand/finger pain, numbness, tingling, weakness. If the carpal tunnel surgery did not relief your symptoms, consider seeing a spinal specialist.
Answered on Dec 17, 2013
Dr. Mark Ciaglia answered
16 years experience Hand Surgery
Yes: The nerve that gets compressed in carpal tunnel syndrome originates from your neck. There is a chance that the nerve is pinched in your neck as well, something known as "double crush" phenomenon. It's best to get an EMG by a neurologist to evaluate your nerves from cervical radiculopathy. Sometimes an MRI will help identify the problem as well.
Answered on Oct 13, 2018
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