Tingling In The Arm


Tingling In The Arm


Numbness and tingling are unusual prickling sensations that can happen in any part of your body. Most people report they feel tingling in either the hands, feet, legs, and arm. In this article, we will focus on tingling in the arm.

Many things can cause numbness and tingle in your arm, such as falling asleep on your arm or placing your arm in a prolonged position. In worst-case scenarios, the tingling in the arm could be a disease such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, carpal tunnel, or even a condition that could be happening from the neck.

Tingling in the Arm- Causes

Most people usually can figure out what happened when this condition begins. Most people contribute the tingling in the arm to sitting or placing their arm in a funny or even prolonged position that usually goes away after repositioning the arm.

In other cases that cause tingling in the arm can be from deficiencies/conditions in the body that usually occur in acute and chronic conditions.  Acute conditions such as an insect bite to abnormal levels of vitamin B-12, potassium, calcium, or sodium in the body.

Chronic conditions in the body that can contribute to tingling in the arm can be a specific injury that can produce tinglings, such as an injured nerve in your neck or a herniated disc in your cervical spine.  Placing pressure on a nerve is usually the culprit.   Carpal tunnel syndrome, scar tissue, enlarged blood vessels, infection, or even a tumor can pressure a nerve.   Some diseases can produce tingling as a symptom, such as diabetes, neuropathy, Raynaud’s phenomenon, or a stroke.

When Should you Seek Medical Attention?

Just as mentioned above, some people will experience tingling in the arm. Usually, it resolves within minutes after reposition yourself. However, you should consult your doctor if there’s no obvious cause for continuing tingling; you feel dizzy or have muscle spasms, as well as having really intense pain.

In some cases, feelings of tingling or burning can indicate a serious injury or medical condition.

Seek Urgent Care if you Recently Experienced any of the Following:

  • A neck or head injury
  • Inability to move your arm
  • Loss of consciousness, even if only for a short time.
  • Feelings of confusion or trouble thinking clearly
  • Slurred speech
  • Vision problems
  • Feelings of weakness
  • Severe pain

Physical Therapy treatment for tingling in the arm


There are many reasons why you might be getting a tingling sensation in your arm. You have multiple nerves that exit from your cervical spine and travel the entire length of your neck down to the arm. You might experience compression of your nerve at any point along that nerve, which will cause a tingling sensation in the arm.

After seeing your doctor, they might prescribe a bout of physical therapy if they feel it can be treated with physical therapy. Physical therapy treatments may include trigger point/pressure point releases to decrease muscle tightness or muscle spasms. A course of modalities such as hot packs, cold packs, ultrasound, medical laser, cervical traction, or manual therapy will decrease tingling in the arm.


JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP fracture and injury care. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000.

If you believe that you have this condition, please do not hesitate to call JOI for your medical needs. We have surgeons who can help diagnose your tear and therapy staff, waiting to help rehab you back to full health! Please call JOI-2000 or click the banner below to schedule with one of our specialists.

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By: Robert Lim, PTA

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