Physical Therapist Questions Hand Injuries and Disorders

Can disc hernia cause issues with hands and legs?

I have a herniated disc around my neck region. Recently I have noticed a tingling sensation in my right hand along with a burning sensation too. There are also times when my thighs have a muscular pain along the back side. Are these problems related to the spine. Could it be a serious issue involving my lower back?

6 Answers


Great question. Yes, your cervical disc herniation can cause numbness, tingling, or burning sensations into your hand. Please make sure to let your doctor (primary care, neurologist, or physiatrist) know that you are experiencing this. Also, please let them know about what you are feeling in the back of your legs. You might have a secondary problem going on in your
lower back (lumbar spine). Let them examine you and properly diagnose you. Please let me know if you have any follow up questions after you consult with your doctor(s).
Be well!
A herniated disc can become a progressive damaging condition that can alter a person's nerve root integrity. If the nerve finds itself compressed by the nerve, it can cause tingling or burning feeling in your extremities. As well as pain and weakness. If allowed to go untreated, it can cause permanent damage and functional decline. My suggestion to you is to find a
good Physical Therapist and start learning how to manage this condition; which can also be resolved depending of chronicity or severity.
If there is nerve root impingement and or irritation, the hand symptoms would normally be associated with the neck and the legs associated with the low back. It is possible for the neck to be causing both. At the same time, they could be completely unrelated to the nerves of the spine. If the pain in the thighs are only muscular, the hamstring are compensating and attempting to maintain stability. Similarly, the hand could be isolated nerve impingement in the arm. Preventative screening would be best since determining the source of the problem is the best way to fix them.
That is because of the herniated, sounds like you have compression over nerve root, you need to see a neurosurgeon. You will need a couple of tests before things get worse .
A herniated disc in the lower back could be the cause of your leg pain. A physical therapist is an expert in musculoskeletal issues. Schedule an evaluation with your physical therapist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Your neck affects your arms. Your low back affects your legs. If your arms and legs are both symptomatic, you may have either something going on or you have central component like a myelopathy. You should seek medical treatment.