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A 49-year-old member asked:

Can having a thumb injury also cause numbness in that upper arm?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Unlikely: All though injuries to the hand fingers and thumb can cause localized numbness, it is unlikely for a thumb injury to cause numbness in the upper arm. If symptoms persist, see your doctor or hand specialists for an evaluation.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
A thumb injury: May ne associated with local nerve issues but is unlilkey to cause upper arm numbness. Howevert if the mechanism of injury was a fall or a torquing injury to the hand, other unrelated injuries can occur. If the onset of both issues occurred at the same time be sure that both items, the thumb and the upper arm are checked.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can a thumb injury lead to numbness in your upper arm?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Tuckman
Hand Surgery 24 years experience
No: Numbness in the upper arm is not related to your injury, it is most likely from a pinched nerve in the neck. I would recommend you see an orthopedic surgeon or a neurologist.

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