Causes and Treatment for Numbness in the Fingers

If your fingers feel tingly or prickly, they may be numb. This can also feel like burning, and it can make it hard to pick up things. You may feel like you have no strength in your hands, or you may be clumsy. This can make it hard to perform everyday tasks. However, noninvasive treatments are typically an option.

Causes. Nerves transmit messages to and from your fingers to your brain. If a nerve is damaged, irritated, or compressed, you can feel numbness or tingling. Example causes include Carpal tunnel syndrome (which affects the index and middle fingers and the thumb), and cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve in the neck). Diabetes is a common cause of finger numbness due to diabetic neuropathy. However, the feet are first to usually be affected.