Numbness Fingers

Hands | General Practice | Numbness Fingers (Symptom)


The numbness of the fingers is usually the result of conditions that affect the nerves and / or blood vessels supplying the hand. The numbness of the fingers is often associated with tingling. These symptoms are known as paresthesia of the fingers.


The causes of numbness include: arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tarsal tunnel syndrome, diabetes (type 1 and type 2), elbow pain, freezing and cold, related injuries climate, peripheral vascular disease, multiple sclerosis and others.

Diagnosis and Treatment

At first, the patient and the doctor check reflexes evaluates venous and arterial circulation. In case of doubt, the doctor may still require further investigation: electromyogram (an electrical recording of muscle activity), Doppler (ultrasound which provides information regarding blocking a blood vessel by a clot). In severe cases it is required computed tomography or magnetic resonance-imaging (MRI).