If you are suffering from numbness in your hands and are looking for a compassionate and experienced physician to help you find relief, look no further than Dr. Johans. At Dr. Johans' office, we strive to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for our patients, allowing them to explore their options for treating their condition. We always take the time to carefully consider each patient's situation before providing a diagnosis or prescribing any medications so that we can ensure only the most appropriate treatments are used. If surgery is necessary, Dr. Johans will sit with each patient personally to discuss their goals, explain all risks associated with the procedure, identify potential benefits, and answer any questions they may have about it.
Dr. Johans is a Diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and Pain Management and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. With these credentials, you can trust that Dr. Johans has the specialized knowledge and experience to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.
We also work closely with other non-surgeons if necessary so that our patients can access all available resources when making decisions regarding their treatment plans. Additionally, our team is always prompt in responding to inquiries and addressing patients' concerns throughout their recovery process. Reviews on Google and Healthgrades show that many individuals who have sought treatment from Dr. Johans have found success in his treatments while feeling comfortable and supported throughout their experiences at our office.
Should I Worry if My Hand is Numb?
Persistent hand numbness can range from feeling a slight tingling sensation to near paralysis; the exact location of this numbness can also vary, as well as the intensity. If your hand is suddenly and severely numb, emergency medical attention is recommended to ensure proper treatment for any underlying causes. In some cases, you may have experienced an injury, or if the numbness occurs gradually and persists over time, it is time to consult a nerve specialist like Dr. Johans.
You will likely undergo some tests during your appointment to determine the cause of the numbness and develop an appropriate treatment plan. In addition to physical exams and testing, Dr. Johans may also ask questions regarding your lifestyle habits, including nutrition and exercise patterns, and where the pain, numbness, or weakness is occurring. This can help paint a clearer picture of what might be causing the numbness so that Dr. Johans can provide more effective treatments.
Depending on the severity of your condition, medication or surgery may become necessary to repair damaged tissue and restore proper function to your hand(s). Ultimately, getting medical attention quickly when experiencing persistent hand numbing can prevent further damage and give you a higher chance of full recovery.
What is Hand Numbness a Symptom of?
Numbness in the hands can be a symptom of a range of nerve conditions, some of which are quite serious. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome affects the median nerve and causes pain and numbness in the thumb, pointer finger, middle finger, and down that side of the wrist. This condition is caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist due to repetitive movements or poor hand ergonomics. Ulnar Nerve Syndrome similarly affects the pinky and ring finger but is caused by increased pressure on the ulnar nerve near the elbow joint.
Herniated Discs in the neck are another potential cause of hand numbness. When a disc between two vertebrae becomes damaged or displaced (herniated), it can pressure surrounding nerves and cause numbness in any part of the body that those nerves control, such as the hands. This damage can occur at any age due to improper ergonomics or overuse from manual labor or athletics—any activity that strains the spine.
Although it’s important to seek medical advice if you feel like you might have one of these conditions, making lifestyle changes like improving your posture or ergonomics at work may prevent them from occurring altogether.
Does Hand Numbness Go Away?
It can be concerning if you experience numbness or tingling in your hands and even more worrisome if it doesn’t go away. Fortunately, non-surgical treatments can often remedy hand numbness with home remedies like rest, stretching exercises, wrist braces, or splints. In some cases, however, hand numbness may indicate a more serious underlying problem, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Ulnar Nerve Syndrome, that require medical attention.
Patients should not ignore progressive numbness or weakness since it could signify an underlying neurological issue that requires medical attention. If untreated, these conditions will only worsen over time, so seeking professional evaluation sooner rather than later is important for preventing further nerve damage.
How is Hand Numbness Treated?
If hand numbness has been a persistent issue, Dr. Johans can help determine the underlying cause and find the best treatment option to provide relief. He will start by discussing your medical history and assessing the affected area. This may include a physical exam to check your reflexes, muscle strength, sensation, or problems with coordination or walking. Imaging tests such as an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan may also be required to diagnose the cause of your hand numbness.
Depending on the diagnosis and underlying cause of your hand numbness, treatments can vary from home remedies to surgery, like a disc replacement.
Dr. Johans is an experienced specialist in treating hand numbness who cares deeply about providing his patients with quality care that promotes lasting healing and improved quality of life. With personalized care plans tailored specifically for each patient’s needs, he is committed to helping you find relief quickly so you can get back to living your best life!
Hand Numbness Treatment by Dr. Johans
Dr. Johans is a highly experienced, board-certified neurosurgeon and pain management specialist with exceptional expertise in neck pain, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and cervical arthroplasty. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and Pain Management and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.
If you have any of these conditions or suspect that you may be suffering from any other neurological disorder, please get in touch with Dr. Johans at 208-327-5600 for a consultation to discuss which treatment plan may be right for you.
Dr. Johans is committed to providing personalized care tailored to meet the needs and effective treatment options to achieve maximum relief from discomfort. With over 30 years of experience in neurological surgery and pain management treatments, patients can trust that he will provide the highest standard of care available so they can get back on track with life as quickly as possible!