Dr. Corenman- I have had scoliosis since I was in grade school with initial curvature of 18 and 20 degrees that to the best of my knowledge are now 15 and 18 degrees after lots of PT and chiropractic.
As I am much older (in my 40’s now)I have noticed that my hands get numb and tingly if I am on the phone or even drying my hair for any legth of time or even while I am sleeping to the point they wake me up. I have separated both my shoulders in the past also but am concerned the numbness issues are from my scoliosis becoming more degenerative. Could it be an impingement issue with my AC joints and I should consult with Dr. Millett?
The scoliosis most likely doesn’t have much to do with your hand numbness. The previous history of “shoulder separation” also rarely causes nerve problems like you describe. Hand numbness without neck pain or no pain/numbness that radiates from the shoulder rarely is caused by the neck.
Most likely, you have an entrapment neuropathy. That means that the nerve or nerves are getting trapped in a “tunnel” in your shoulder, elbow or wrist. The most common ones are thoracic outlet syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, carpel tunnel syndrome and tunnel of Guyon syndrome.
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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.