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Do your hands "fall asleep" during the day?

Who has never experienced a waking sensation with a completely "sleeping" arm, or an exaggerated anthill after sitting cross-legged? I'm sure it's nothing new for you ...

These unpleasant sensations are a response to the exaggerated and continuous stretching of a peripheral nerve. Although it is an unpleasant experience, it is only a temporary situation, when moving the "asleep" segment will quickly regain sensitivity in the area.

Temporal or definitive loss of sensation, the sensation of numbness and "tingling" in certain areas of the body is called paraesthesia. It is not a pathology, but a symptom of different causes.

The presence of these symptoms or some of them are warning signs for neuralgia or neuropathic pain that require follow-up by a competent professional.

The causes for this type of lesion are diverse, from the reduction of the space through which the nerve passes, a traumatism (fall, cut, strong stroke, accident, ...), a nervous compression in the spine (disc herniation, disc protrusion, osteophytes , Spondylolisthesis, ...), fractures, dislocations, subluxations, complete muscular ruptures, among other orthopedic injuries.

Neuralgia is also a frequent complication of other diseases, such as herpes zoster (post-herpetic neuralgia), HIV, diabetes mellitus (diabetic polyneuropathy), or multiple sclerosis.

If in addition to the symptoms mentioned  you have experienced rapid weight loss, fever, continuous and acute night pain and morning stiffness, you should consult your Doctor in order to rule out a possible neurological disease.

Physiotherapy offers a wide range of techniques capable of treating this kind of situations, inquire with a physiotherapist about the treatment options that can best suited to your case!

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