North of Atlanta Pain Clinic
Interventional Pain Management Specialists & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in Duluth, GA
Numbness isn’t just a nuisance – it could be the sign of a more serious medical problem. At North of Atlanta Pain Clinic in Duluth, Georgia, the expert pain management team led by Jae Yoo, MD, can find the source of numbness and treat it to relieve discomfort and give you a better quality of life. Call the office and consult with a friendly staff member to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Numbness Q & A
What is numbness?
Numbness is the lack of sensation to touch, heat, or cold. With numbness, you might also experience tingling, stabbing, or burning pain.
While it may sound innocent enough, numbness can be debilitating and increase your risk of falls and injuries. It might also be the sign of an underlying medical problem. At the first sign of numbness, see the North of Atlanta Pain Clinic team for an evaluation.
What are the risk factors for numbness?
While numbness and tingling can happen to anybody, factors that can increase your risk of experiencing it include:
- Nerve damage
- Family history of neuropathy
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Heavy metal exposure
- Herniated discs
- Pinched nerves
- Multiple sclerosis
- Alcohol abuse disorder
- Some infections
- Spinal cord injuries
You might experience numbness because of other injuries or standing or sitting for long periods.
How does my provider diagnose the cause of numbness?
To find the source of numbness or tingling, your North of Atlanta Pain Clinic specialist discusses your symptoms and medical history. They check your vital signs and evaluate numb areas of your body during a physical examination, which includes a neurological exam.
Your doctor may recommend blood tests, angiograms, CT scans, nerve studies, MRIs, ultrasounds, or other imaging procedures to diagnose your condition and develop an effective treatment.
What are common numbness treatments?
Common treatments for numbness and tingling include:
Physical therapy strength and flexibility exercises, as well as massage, can reduce discomfort associated with nerve pain, numbness, and tingling.
Taking medications can diminish the pain associated with nerve pain and numbness. Some medicines help you control blood sugar if you have diabetes, reducing your risk of future nerve damage.
Regenerative medicine uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from your blood or stem cells to enhance your body’s natural ability to heal and generate new cells.
If numbness stems from vitamin deficiencies, your specialist may suggest dietary supplements to reduce unpleasant symptoms.
Radiofrequency ablation uses heat to burn nerves responsible for pain signal transmission.
Spinal cord stimulators
Spinal cord stimulators are implantable devices your provider places underneath the skin to send electric pulses to your spinal cord and reduce pain signal transmission.
Don’t let numbness go untreated, as it’s often unpleasant and the sign of an underlying medical problem. Call the North of Atlanta Pain Clinic office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.