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Doctor insights on: Can A Rotator Cuff Tear Cause Muscle Atrophy

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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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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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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