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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Suggest treatment for numbness in the arm and back pain

Hi, I pulled my back four days ago. I have been trying to rest it and still can t bend down but it is getting better. However, today my left arm has been continually going numb, with intermittent feelings of pins and needles and my left hand fingers are cold. This is only happening to my left arm. It was my lower left side of my back that I pulled and my left leg that I struggled to move without pain. Please could you advise what it might be? Many thanks
Wed, 1 Jul 2015
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
The pull on your back has caused some neurovascular damage to that side. You need an urgent nerve conduction study done to evaluate the extent of damage.The best scenario would be if only a partial damage has occured called neuropraxia which resolves by 6wks with supportive medication.
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