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Can a rotator cuff injury cause tingling in my arm and wrist?

Can a rotator cuff injury cause tingling in my arm and wrist?

Could be from neck: I see many patients with rotator cuff tears that also have numbness, tingling, and even weakness below the shoulder into the arm, forearm, and wrist/hand. The neurological symptoms below the shoulder notoriously arise from an ongoing neck problem such as a pinched nerve within the cervical spine. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Tingling (Definition)

Tingling is a pins and needle like sensation anywhere on the body. May also be termed paresthesia. Can experience when elbow is bumped (funny bone), or even from frostbite. On its own, unlikely significant but may be part of nerve pathology from ...Read more


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Can a rotator cuff tear cause arm and hand numbness?

Can a rotator cuff tear cause arm and hand numbness?

Not usually: The shoulder is usually an 'innocent bystander' when it comes to neurologic problems such as numbness and weakness that is found beyond the shoulder in the arm and forearm. The more likely culprit for these complaints is actually nerve compression emanating from the cervical spine. ...Read more

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Can tingling in the arm and hand be associated with a torn rotator cuff?

Can tingling in the arm and hand be associated with a torn rotator cuff?

Tingling: Possibly but not common. Tingling generally implies that a nerve is compressed or pinched or irritated. This is not a common associated finding with rotator cuff tears. ...Read more

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Can a re injured rotator cuff cause tingling and pain in the affected shoulder?

Can a re injured rotator cuff cause tingling and pain in the affected shoulder?

Yes: Tingling is non specific and might indicate superficial nerve irritation. Pain certainly can come from recurrent rotator cuff injury. ...Read more

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Can a torn rotator cuff and numbness in fingers?

Can a torn rotator cuff and numbness in fingers?

No: If the question is, can a torn rotator cuff cause numbness in the fingers, then the answer is no. Numbness is caused by neurologic pathology such as carpal tunnel syndrome, a herniated disk, cubital tunnel syndrome. Best to have your numbness evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Can rotator cuff issues cause numbness in hand and fingers?

Can rotator cuff issues cause numbness in hand and fingers?

Possible/unlikely: If there is a significant amount of swelling around the nerves that pass through to the arm and hand, a rotator cuff tear could cause those symptoms. It is far more likely that a nerve is being pinched- either in the neck or tight muscles around the neck/shoulder. A physiatrist can diagnose and treat these conditions. ...Read more

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Can a torn rotator cuff cause hand numbness when sleeping?

Can a torn rotator cuff cause hand numbness when sleeping?

No: These are 2 different diagnoses. Tingling in the hand at night comes a nerve impingement. A torn rotator cuff can cause shouldered pain and limited mobility of the shoulder. ...Read more

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Will a rotator cuff tear cause tingling in hand?

Will a rotator cuff tear cause tingling in hand?

It can: If the swelling in the shoulder is enough to put pressure on the nerves to the hand. ...Read more

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Symptoms: acute and now constant shoulder pain which lead to swelling in my hand, discolouration and weakness. Could this be a rotator cuff injury?

Symptoms: acute and now constant shoulder pain which lead to swelling in my hand, discolouration and weakness.  Could this be a rotator cuff injury?

Maybe: The description of your symptoms is not a common presentation for a rotator cuff problem. The first thing that comes to my mind with this description is a vascular issue. I think of things like upper extremity deep venous thrombosis and thoracic outlet syndrome. I would have this issue evaluated by a primary care provider soon. ...Read more

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Could a rotator cuff injury lead to a tingling in your fingers?

Could a rotator cuff injury lead to a tingling in your fingers?

Unlikely: Rotator cuff ' injuries' usually result in pain@ night and referred pain to the deltoid( mid- upper arm). Pts. W/ rot. Cuff tears for some time can have pain/ spasms in their neck( trapezius usually) because of their difficulty elevating their arm normally and their resultant use of their scapula to ' help'raise their shoulder..'.Tingling'in fingers is rare w/ rc injuries.(cts, rad.Pain >common). ...Read more

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Can a torn rotator cuff cause a sleepy hand and arm?

Can a torn rotator cuff cause a sleepy hand and arm?

No: Symptoms of a torn rotator cuff include pain, weakness, and loss of motion in the shoulder. The pain may be on the side of the shoulder and radiate to the elbow. A sleepy hand and arm would usually indicate compression of a nerve. ...Read more

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Could weakness and numbness in the rotator cuff down the arm from the shoulder be a full thickness tear?

Could weakness and numbness in the rotator cuff down the arm from the shoulder be a full thickness tear?

Unlikely for 18: Weakness and numbness in the arm is more likely from as c5 cervical disk then a rotator cuff tear if you are under 40, particularly without major trauma. ...Read more

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With fall on outstretched hand, had wrist sprain in er. Now have tingling little finger and sharp pain from elbow to hand. Is this ulnar nerve damage?

With fall on outstretched hand, had wrist sprain in er. Now have tingling little finger and sharp pain from elbow to hand. Is this ulnar nerve damage?

Ulnar n irritation: Yor ulnar nerve is bruised or irritated. You might have a hook of the hamate fracture causing the ulnar nerve problem. You need to see a hand surgeon and if appropriate they will order a ct of the wrist. ...Read more

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Can an unstable shoulder cause muscle soreness/weakness in the arm and shoulder blade?

Can an unstable shoulder cause muscle soreness/weakness in the arm and shoulder blade?

Definitely: Shoulder instability can cause winging of the shoulder blade and weakness. You may have also stretched the axillary nerve to the deltoid muscle and lateral shoulder as well. ...Read more

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Can rotator cuff injury cause weakness in your hands?

Not normally no: Rotator cuff injuries will not generally cause any weakness in your hands.Other things can occur that cause weakness@ the same time you have rc pain...Carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical disc problems, etc. See your md if symptoms persist.Good luck! ...Read more

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Can an injured rotator cuff cause fingers to tingle?

Can an injured rotator cuff cause fingers to tingle?

Possible/unlikely: If there is a significant amount of swelling around the nerves that pass through to the arm and hand, a rotator cuff tear could cause those symptoms. It is far more likely that a nerve is being pinched- either in the neck or tight muscles around the neck/shoulder. A physiatrist can diagnose and treat these conditions. ...Read more

Rotator Cuff (Definition)

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that wrap around the ball of the ball and socket joint f the shoulder. The cuff muscles initiate the movements of internal and external rotation as well as lifting your arm ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Rotator Cuff Injury (Definition)

Your rotator cuff muscles are the fine motor control muscles that allow the arm/elbow/hand to be placed in a specific position in space. With an injury to the rotator cuff, patients have pain with discrete shoulder ...Read more