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What are the possible causes of right armpit, elbow, and thenar hand muscle atrophy and the pain associates with all three?

What are the possible causes of right armpit, elbow, and thenar hand muscle atrophy and the pain associates with all three?

Complicated: Thenar branch, median nerve (c8) is responsible for the innervation of the abductor pollicis brevis and opponens pollicis. The adductor pollicis is supplied by the deep branch of the ulnar nerve (c8-th1

to affect both, must be from an area where both nerves are in proximity. Disease/compression in the armpit or the neck would make sense. Investigate cervical spine and thoracic outlet syndrome. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Have shoulder stiffness not sure if muscle related or rotator cuff tear. What doctor should I see? Working with massage therapist now.

Have shoulder stiffness not sure if muscle related or rotator cuff tear. What doctor should I see? Working with massage therapist now.

X ray: X ray may show hypertrophy of a-c joint. Mri will show if such arthritis has injured one of the 4 rotator ligaments. So any doctor that could prescribe those. ...Read more

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What are foods to avoid eating when you have a muscle tear or rotator cuff injury?

What are foods to avoid eating when you have a muscle tear or rotator cuff injury?

Good Question: I'm not aware of any studies or research looking at relationship of shoulder and rotator cuff symptoms and food. That said, for patients planning on a surgical procedure it does make sense to optimize your nutrition to promote healing. ...Read more

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What exactly causes the stiffness from a rotator cuff injury? Muscle spasms?

What exactly causes the stiffness from a rotator cuff injury? Muscle spasms?

Capsular tightness: A rotator cuff tear is usually painful and can spawn a cascade of undesirable events in the surrounding tissues. The muscles attached to the torn cuff tendon can become weak, atrophied and painful. The underlying shoulder capsule can become transiently stiff and noncompliant resulting in a debilitating loss of motion ("frozen shoulder"). Scar tissue/synovitis can accumulate and block motion too. ...Read more

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What exactly causes the problems from a rotator cuff injury? Muscle weakness or damage?

What exactly causes the problems from a rotator cuff injury? Muscle weakness or damage?

Both: The problems with a rotator cuff injury involve pain, swelling and
limited motion. The treatment may involve ice, rest and nsaids.
Sometimes a cortisone injection can be helpful. If the rotator cuff
is totally torn, one might have limited motion. Then one might
need surgical treatment for the problem. ...Read more

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What should you avoid to eat when you have a muscle tear or rotator cuff injury?

What should you avoid to eat when you have a muscle tear or rotator cuff injury?

Muscle tear: There are no specific studies showing that any one single nutrient would hurt or help for this injury. Maintain a well-balanced diet, making sure that you have adequate protein intake. ...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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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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Will a partial rotator cuff tear cause weakness 2 the point that it's hard 2 lift things & move arm. Having shoulder surgery in a few weeks?

Will a partial rotator cuff tear cause weakness 2 the point that it's hard 2 lift things & move arm. Having shoulder surgery in a few weeks?

Yes: You are describing some of the symptoms of rotator cuff tear. It will be easier to repair if it is only partial. The rehab afterwards is very important to restoring function so listen to the instructions and follow them as long as you are told to for best results. ...Read more

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Can a full thickness rotator cuff tear cause neck pain?

Rotator cuff tear: Usually the shoulder pain will cause muscle spasms in the trapezius muscle which is attached to the shoulder, cervical spine and the bottom of the skull and hence the pain may be felt in the neck as well as headaches. ...Read more

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Can shoulder pain (rotator cuff tear) cause pain the neck?

Can shoulder pain (rotator cuff tear) cause pain the neck?

Yes.: When your shoulder is injured, the neck muscles "work overtime" to help protect the shoulder, thus, the neck pain. ...Read more

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Can rotator cuff tear cause carpel tunnel?

Can rotator cuff tear cause carpel tunnel?

No: However one can have both problems at the same time. Carpal tunnal can on occasionj cause shoulder pain, carpal tunnel may alter mechanics in the way the hand and arm are used and a rotator cuff tear that is present becomes more symptomatic. A rotator cuff tear may also give pain down the arm and a unstable shoulder may give tingling in the hand the seems like carpal tunnel. These are not causes! ...Read more

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I have shoulder pain that has gotten worse in the last 6 months and a feel a deep bruise in my outer upper biceps area could this be caused from a rotator cuff tear?

I have shoulder pain that has gotten worse in the last 6 months and a feel a deep bruise in my outer upper biceps area could this be caused from a rotator cuff tear?

Could be: There are 4 muscles in the rotator cuff, and depending on which one has a tear, pain could be in various place.
Pain in the biceps could also be from subacromial bursitis. The bicipital tendon goes into the capsule there, and bicipital tendinitis often goes along with bursitis. Bicipital tendinitis can radiate down into the muscle. ...Read more

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How could a rotator cuff tear be caused in baseball?

Very Common: Rotator cuff injuries are most frequently seen in the sport of baseball. The reason is that all positions involve throwing, with the pitcher and catcher doing the most. The overhead throwing motion can cause rubbing of the tendon on the acromion bone. This is increased with weakness or fatique of the muscle. Progressive strengthening and conditioning is critical. ...Read more

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What would be the cause of a rotator cuff tear in a baseball pitcher?

Force: The act of throwing a baseball imposes a tremendous amount of force thru our rotator cuff in a short period of time. Improper mechanics and the shear nature of time can result in gradual failure of the tendon. The greg maddux's and jamie moyers of the world are few and far between for a reason. ...Read more

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Cause of unilateral edema from possible rotator cuff tear.; edema to neck, arm to hand and LLE 2+pitting. CRP always elevated, + ANA normalforedema?

Cause of unilateral edema from possible rotator cuff tear.; edema to neck, arm to hand and LLE 2+pitting. CRP always elevated, + ANA normalforedema?

Clot considered: Even though blood clots in the arm are not very common, swelling of the arm, especially from the upper arm to the hand raises the suspicion for a blood clot. Lymphedema is possible as well. Rotator cuff problems typically do not cause widespread swelling. The edema is not often visible to the naked eye and remains around the tendon. It's time to see a doc very soon, preferably in the next 24 hours ...Read more

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How does a pitcher get a rotator cuff injury or is it just a pulled muscles?

How does a pitcher get a rotator cuff injury or is it just a pulled muscles?

It can be a cuff: A pitcher can cause damage to their rotator cuff. However, the issues that upper extremity athletes have with their shoulders are unique. Therefore, there treatments are unique. If you are pitcher and you are having shoulder pain, see a shoulder specialist orthopedic surgeon who has experience with upper extremity athletes. ...Read more

Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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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