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A 29-year-old male asked:

Bad habit of sleeping on arm. causing shoulder pain, arm numbness, upper chest / collar bone tenderness. neuropathy? what to do during sleep? also pt?

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Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Sleeping on your arm: Puts a great deal of pressure on your rotator cuff and drives the cuff up into your shoulder blade and collarbone. It is akin to someone clamping you thigh for eight hours it is going to hurt. Furthermore your ac joint also can become inflamed. Finally the nerves in you arm get stretched and irritated. Try sleeping in a recliner, wear a shoulder immobilizer, or sleep with your back supported.
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