Q. I have stress fractures in T2-T4, but I feel tingling sensation in arms and legs. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Sumit Chawla
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 21, 2020

Hello doctor,

I met a car accident three weeks ago and I have three stress fractures in my T2-T4, and I still feel tender. Though I hurt my neck and shoulder, I took it easy. I have been using my legs to help me get up, etc. My lower back is sore as well. I have a sore bottom and tail bone due to the seat around me. I have a little ache in my back when I move. I use my arms to get me up and my legs a lot as I go on my knees to do a few things.

Last night, I noticed that my left arm is tight sore and had a tingling sensation. Also, in my left leg around my ankle and feet I felt throbbing and tingling sensation. I am wondering it started last night but I have not moved much and used the muscles. And my scan reports were good except for the stress fracture. My shoulder is still sore and thighs are not too bad, but I can feel it.

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Orthopedics And Traumatology
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

It is only three weeks post-injury. Injuries will take some time to heal. With constant sitting or lying down you will additionally get pain or sore muscle aches. Try to move your position frequently.

Do you have a tingling sensation after a prolonged posture or continuously? Nerve compression can lead to a tingling sensation. Compression at the cervical spine level leads to tingling in arms and compression at the lumbar spine will lead to tingling in legs.

Reconfirm with your orthopedic surgeon, there should be no signs of nerve compression after physical examination. If there is no nerve compression nothing else needs to be done. Time will heal the rest.


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Thank you doctor,

My surgeon said there was no nerve damage.

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Orthopedics And Traumatology
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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Give time for the injury to settle down. Muscle-strengthening exercises can be done once your injuries have completely healed.


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Thank you doctor,

I feel a little better now. I was just stressing over nothing. I have not had any injury, all my surgeon told me was fractures and I was good to go. It is because the seat around was there for too long and I have been using my legs and arms to help me I feel stressed. But my muscles and ligaments are trying to work its way back as well. Should I go to hydro pool or start yoga or wait?

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Orthopedics And Traumatology
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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Start with yoga and after some time once your muscles are stretched out, there is no stiffness or sore muscles (after 1-2 weeks) go for hydro pool exercises.

Yoga exercises are mostly muscle relaxing exercises along with loosening up of the body. For muscle strengthening, go for hydro pool as the body experiences less stress under these conditions.


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