Numbness is an abnormal lack of sensation in any part of the body. In many cases, numbness is associated with conditions that cause compression of the nerve roots, including sciatica, arthritis, disc problems, trauma or injury, and tendonitis. When the cause of nerve root compression is addressed, the numbness and other symptoms associated with impinged nerves can be alleviated.
It is important to diagnose the cause of numbness before treatment begins. For some patients, numbness may be attributed to diabetes or vascular conditions. Once the causative factor has been determined, a comprehensive plan of treatment can begin.