Tingling in hands, arms and some in my back when I tilt my Head back.

by Paul Wilson
(Foster City, CA)

Hi Chiropractic Help,

At first it was only a little noticable and I wasn't sure what cause the tingling in my hands and arms. And then one day I tilted my head back and I could feel the tingling in my arms and hands. Now I can duplicate the symptoms just about everytime I tilt my head back and recently I am now feeling some tingling in my back too.

The only thing that I can think of that has changed in my life is that I am doing a lot more desk work than I use too. I am a 36 year old male.

Should I see a doctor or chiropractor for this condition? And if so can you recommend one in the San Mateo, CA area?



Dear Paul,
You should certainly see someone. Whenever there is radiation to the arm(s), we think it of greater concern, particularly since you seem to be getting it in both arms.

Tilting your head back reduces the size of the foramena in your neck. Normally there's plenty of room in the foramen for the nerves, but if there is any wear and tear, particularly in the joints of Luschka, the nerve may be compromised.

The dorsal scapular nerve for example supplies muscles in the midback and may be the cause of the tingling in your back.

Be on the look out for any symptoms in your legs. Your balance okay? Headaches?

In my book X-rays would be mandatory for your condition, though I'm taking less X-rays now. An MRI scan would be better, safer, but very expensive.

Good luck, let us know how you get on.

Find a good chiropractor is your next stop.

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Dr B

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