You know that feeling when your fingers feel like they’re wrapped up in cotton wool, and you can’t pick up a pen or type on a keyboard without looking like some sort of clumsy caveman? That’s right. We’re talking about numbness in your fingers! This common condition affects people all over the world, causing varying levels of discomfort, irritation, and annoyance. In this article, we’ll be diving deep into what causes numbness in your fingers and discussing possible solutions to help alleviate those pesky symptoms.
Anatomy 101: Understanding Your Fingers
Before delving into why your digits are going tingly-tangly-numb-nuts on you, let’s first give a brief anatomy lesson on the structures involved with our fingertips.
Your hand contains three muscles that control finger movement – flexor digitorum superficialis (FDS), flexor digitorum profundus (FDP), and flexor pollicis longus. These muscles connect to tendons along the phalanges – commonly known as joints – which allow us to bend our fingers.
Additionally, blood vessels run through these tendons providing oxygenated blood to meet the high metabolic demands of these active tissues — wowzer!
Finally – nerves also run down each finger providing sensory input based upon touch thus enabling us to react when laying hands-on something hot one way or other.
Note: Who knew there was so much science behind wiggling our digits around all day? Apparently Mother Nature didn’t spare any attention when it came working out how instrumental ‘certain things’ would become for humans somewhere down the road!
When Did My Fingers Get So Numb?
There are many reasons why you may wake up one day feeling like a Deadmau5 concert has started inside of your hands! It could be due to sudden posturing injuries such as lying asleep on your hand or knock to the finger bones. Alternatively, it could be a more severe underlying condition that requires a bit more attention from the medical profession.
Here are some of the main culprits in causing numbness in fingers:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – The Classic Voodoo
We’ve all heard of carpel tunnel syndrome – it’s like an infestation! However, do you know what causes can make your hand look and feels different when under this voodoo spell? This common condition is caused by compressed nerves running through our wrists which subsequently results in numbness into our hands and occasionally down into forearms.
The worst part about carpal tunnel syndrome is its unpredictability – you never quite know when it’s going to strike but strike, it definitely does eventually!
Note: In summary; sudden compression + nerve = pain (as opposed to pleasure). Remember that phrase next time something startlingly large steps on your foot!
Ulnar Nerve Compression – Best Kept Secrets
Ever felt a sharp pain coming out of nowhere along behind your elbow with a hint sparkle disordering throughout one(one!) of those little piggies? Well then there’s every chance that ulnar nerve was pulled over by ‘Elbow Grease’ coming together with leaning onto hard surfaces whilst sitting awkwardly. A hilarious comedy act if such accidents weren’t so darn …numbery!
Ulnar nerve compression can also occur via arm-related activity or motion abnormalities such as repeatedly throwing baseballs/catch/triathlons etc if you get our drift?
Note: Comedy tips#2: Have someone film you whenever you’re doing anything physically exertive — guaranteed laughs for years once they play back at Christmas dinners – plus extra bonus points for ironically succeeding despite limbs being technically numb!
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – Seriously?
Let us highlight here first-off how unscientific words can make any medical condition seem more intimidating than it actually is — thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) in this case!
Now, TOS can certainly be annoying when looking to reach the back of that shirt collar; affecting shoulder mobility and leaving fingers numb or tingling. This ailment takes place where nerves going down through neck and shoulder region become compressed by defined muscle groups around the area – always think posture issues to get an understanding of how people start feeling like they’ve morphed into some sorta weird bird/mouse-half-breed!
Raynaud’s Disease – Do You Really Care About Fingers?
Do you live in Antarctica full-time? If no then probably continue on with your life without ever worrying about Raynaud’s disease! Unless someone walks over your grave at sunset someday since that’s what happens if a person gets inflicted all year round… A chronic condition brought about due to abnormal blood vessel constriction causing significant circulatory problems inside individual digits thus making them turn bluish-white when exposed to cold environments (and conversely red hot when faced with warmer weather).
This disorder can show itself anytime from midlife onwards, but is frequently first encountered during adolescent years.
Note: Keep those digits warm folks — even mittens are better than none! Haven’t we all learned something new here again today?!
At-Home Solutions for Numbness
Ready. Set. Make Them Feel Again…Getting back sensation in fingers might prove tricky sometimes yet there are several simple things one would try out right away on their own possibly recreating a scene out of Ninja-Warrior obstacle course as suggested below:
- Stretching: Flex&Rex baby!
- Splints & Braces: Think Batman except your sidekick comes straight from pharmacist corner market…
- Anti-Inflammatory Medication: Start early, end less irritable!
- Rest + Ice massage Application combos.
5.Exercise routines- Yoga and Pilates anyone?
Note:We are sure you all know that “one chance is never enough” (Disclosure song reference) , so go explore everything at your disposal if the smell of numbness persists.
When to Visit Medical Professionals
Alternatively, following conditions require some medical intervention :
- Persistent Symptoms – pain for more than 4 weeks after injury
- Weakness in hands or arms
3.Loss of bowel bladder control
4.Bilaterally affected limbs (both hands or both feet simultaneously)
If experiencing any of these symptoms it’s wise to present oneself before a doctor so as avoid any increased occurrences later on down the road.
Note: Remember people, prevention can indeed often prove better than multiple rounds with Mrs hospital!
Final Thoughts — Holding Onto Your Fingers
Numbness in our fingers is a genuine modern-world problem – technical advancements have allowed humans to do things they’ve never dreamt were possible even two decades ago – including finger-swipes passed onto next generations presumably till we evolves into having spades insteadof fingernails????
Anyway please keep yourself mindful towards how frequently one indulges themselves this new world invention while crunching through miles worth of clicking and swiping thereby ultimately culminating somewhere amidst avalanche zone regarding nerve sensation at hand!
However, by maintaining good bodily condition via regular exercise & stretching routines + occasional breaks away from devices; we can subsequently take back charge along those incredibly wiggly extremities once again!
Bottom line — Live free and stay unfettered people. Limit those social-stats sessions long but definitely enjoy them wherever — whenever required!!!!!
Happy #FingerDay everyone!
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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