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I can't lift my arm up past my shoulders?

I can't lift my arm up past my shoulders?

Adhesive capsulitis?: While I agree in part with the first answer, other quite possible conditions include adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) and subacromial bursitis. Also acromio-clavicular joint arthritis is possible. I always inject with corticosteroids first. If your motion and pain return to normal, great. If not, the more expensive options (MRI) would be considered. Finally, did the onset occur quickly? ...Read more

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Can you tear your rotator cuff from slamming your shoulder into the wall? I did now I can't lift my arm up without pain

Can you tear your rotator cuff from slamming your shoulder into the wall? I did now I can't lift my arm up without pain

Perhaps: You may have bruised shoulder and pain prevents full motion. Rotator cuff injury should be suspected if pain or limited motion persists after bruise heals (2 weeks or so.) See your primary care for evaluation and referral if necessary. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Severe pain in my deltoid area, left arm. Ok when I don't move my arm but can't lift my arm up. Pain eases when in hot water. No physical exercise?

Severe pain in my deltoid area, left arm. Ok when I don't move my arm but can't lift my arm up. Pain eases when in hot water. No physical exercise?

You need to be seen: You may have a rotator cuff or other significant injury to your shoulder girdle. Take some anti-inflammatory drugs for now to relieve your discomfort. ...Read more

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I just had a rotator cuff strain injury from a fall. Can't lift my arm up. How long does it usually take to recover? When can I resume playing sports

I just had a rotator cuff strain injury from a fall. Can't lift my arm up. How long does it usually take to recover? When can I resume playing sports

Best for you to get: Advise from someone who evaluates you, by examining/investigating you. He'll inform you of the diagnosis/treatment.
So see an orthopod.
It generally last for about 6 weeks, by then if its a partial tear/sprain, it should improve greatly. A few patients don't improve and may need MRI and probably benefit from the surgical repair.
Returning to sports would be once the rc has healed.
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4 days post op from breast implant surgery. Is it normal I can't even lift my right arm up w/out it killing. The pain isn't even near the incision?

4 days post op from breast implant surgery. Is it normal I can't even lift my right arm up w/out it killing. The pain isn't even near the incision?

See your surgeon: For acute onset pain, it is best to go and see the surgeon who performed the breast augmentation procedure for you. Muscle spasms can occur in patients who have sub muscular implants placed and this may cause pain when trying to move arm. If the approach was through the axilla, or patients develop a hematoma then additional pain can be present with associated arm movement in some patients. ...Read more

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I've been having pain in my shoulder for some time now I can't lift my arm all the way up what's wrong?

Many possibilities: Most likely a local problem due to so, me form of trauma could be a bursitis or tendinitis. See an orthopedist or rheumatologist for help. ...Read more

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I have pain in my shoulder and it won't as bad at first now it's starting swells sometimes and I can't lift my arm all the way up wats wromg?

I have pain in my shoulder and it won't as bad at first now it's starting swells sometimes and I can't lift my arm all the way up wats wromg?

Need medical exam: There are lots of things that might cause a painful, stiff shoulder, from tendonitis to bursitis to a joint infection. Impossible to know without a careful medical exam. ...Read more

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Why can't I lift my bent left arm up any higher than my shoulder without pain beginning intensely within my upper arm?

Why can't I lift my bent left arm up any higher than my shoulder without pain beginning intensely within my upper arm?

Joint and/or nerves: Severe pain triggered by arm elevation suggests a joint problem. Rotator cuff injury can do this. However, the brachial plexus is a collection of nerves under the clavicle that can cause severe shooting pains into the upper arm. Inflammation of the plexis can produce symptoms as you describe. A thorough medical evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more

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I had 4 needles today 2 in each arm and in my right arm my armpit really hurts and I can't lift up my arm?

Injections?: Are you referring to injections? What type of injections? Why did you need 4? I suggest calling your treating physician and using Advil or Aleve (naproxen) for pain/swelling, if not allergic to these medicines. ...Read more

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Every once in a while out of no where, my clavicle feels like its been disconnected from my shoulder and I can't lift my arm. What is this and why?

Every once in a while out of no where, my clavicle feels like its been disconnected from my shoulder and I can't lift my arm. What is this and why?

Shoulder injury: There are several possible causes of your shoulder problem. It can be a rotator cuff problem, or if you are under 20, then it can be some instabiility of your shoulder. If you fell directly on your shoulder, it can be a shoulder separation. You should see an orthopedist if the problem continues. ...Read more

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Left upper back is really tight and swollen can't lift my arm or even reach grab it feels like balls. What to take right now?

Left upper back is really tight and swollen can't lift my arm or even reach grab it feels like balls. What to take right now?

You can take Motrin: Aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen 800 mg temporarily to help with swelling.Warm compresses may help loosen the tightness. You will need to see your physician in am for further recommendation. You may have an infection causing the
swelling and tightness. ...Read more

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I had total shoulder replacement surgery 4 mos ago but still can't lift my arm to shoulder level, should I be worried?

Probably not: Without complications it usually takes 6 mos-1yr to obtain the maximum benefits from shoulder replacement including range of motion and strength. ...Read more

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Muscle pain in my right under arm I can't lift my arm too high what is this mean?

? Rotator cuff: Would see an orthopedist. You may have a shoulder issue-in the joint, or a rotator cuff issue. ...Read more

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Why can't I lift my arm after having an injection?

Why can't I lift my arm after having an injection?

More infornation: Need more information Why did you have an injection and where? What was going on. Need more information and better history to help you ...Read more