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Is pain in the elbow common after shoulder surgery?

Is pain in the elbow common after shoulder surgery?

Not common: Shoulder arthroscopy is not often associated with postoperative elbow pain of any significance. The pain may be referred from your shoulder. Often the arm is put into a traction device with the arm extended and a weight pulling on the arm which can theoretically exacerbate an underlying condition of the elbow. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Shoulder Surgery (Definition)

Arthroscopic or open procedures to the glenohumeral joint, acromiolclavicular joint, rotator cuff, glenoid labrum, proximal ...Read more


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Had shoulder surgery, rotator cuff 2years ago, why do I have pain again in my left arm between shoulder to elbow?

Had shoulder surgery, rotator cuff 2years ago, why do I have pain again in my left arm between shoulder to elbow?

Upper Arm Pain: There can be many reasons including new injury, re injury and adhesions. Recommend rest, ice, and anti inflammatory (ibuprofen, naproxen) and a visit to an orthopedist. ...Read more

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I just had shoulder surgery a week ago and I have 6 large welts on my upper arm and pain and swelling in my elbow and under my arm. Is this anything.

Yes.: Get it checked out by your orthopedic surgeon. This might be a sign of infection that requires treatment (antibiotics). It could be an allergic reaction as well. Definitely, play it safe and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Why can't I move my arm when I had shoulder surgery 3 months ago?

Why can't I move my arm when I had shoulder surgery 3 months ago?

Postop shoulder: What type of surgery did you have?
This is definitely a question you need to ask your surgeon! If for some reason you are unable to do so and have not had regular follow up, you need to seek a 2nd opinion locally and get evaluated. ...Read more

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Had shoulder surgery feb.2013 was o.K. Til week ago left arm terrible pain like after surgery. What is wrong?

Had shoulder surgery feb.2013 was o.K. Til week ago left arm terrible pain like after surgery. What is wrong?

Surgery for what?: Was it for rotator cuff tear ot arthritis or dislocation.?

Feldene stops tissue healing. Something came apart in the shoulder. You need th see the doctor to see what happened. The maybe more surgery without meds that block healing, or get prolotherapy to force healing without surgery.
www. Getprolo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org for info and a prolotherapist. ...Read more

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I had shoulder surgery and now I have blisters all over my arm and underneath it. What is the cause and how do I fix it?

I had shoulder surgery and now I have blisters all over my arm and underneath it. What is the cause and how do I fix it?

Depends: Blisters immed after surgery usually secondary to excessive tension on superficial layers of skin. This may be caused by swelling alone or surgical tape placed in excessive tension to secure bandage. If this seemed to develop later could be superficial skin infection or cellulitis especially if area seems to be expanding. If this is the case should be evaluated by your surgeon. ...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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After microscopic shoulder surgery now by left hand all puffy. And my arm still hurting. What should I do?

After microscopic shoulder surgery now by left hand all puffy. And my arm still hurting. What should I do?

Call your surgeon: I recommend calling the surgeon who did the surgery and let them know. They will direct you to what to do and get you in for re-evaluation if needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can my neck/arm pain be a result of bankart repair shoulder surgery 2yrs ago? Nerve pain from neck down left arm, started 6 months after surgery

Can my neck/arm pain be a result of bankart repair shoulder surgery 2yrs ago? Nerve pain from neck down left arm, started 6 months after surgery

Probably not: If you had a bankart repair and did well for 6 months and started having neck pain running down your left arm, it is more likely coming from a "pinched nerve" in your neck. Bankart repairs are done primarily for instability, so if you have not developed recurrent instability, it is probably not your shoulder, also shoulder problems do not typically cause pain running down the arm. Be seen! ...Read more

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I had decompression shoulder surgery in July, and the severe pain has appeared again. Shooting down my arm and hand and it's Very weak.

I had decompression shoulder surgery in July, and the severe pain has appeared again. Shooting down my arm and hand and it's Very weak.

Which arm: If the pain is in the right arm, and continues for the next day--then recheck with the Ortho who did the operation.

If the pain is in the Left arm--this could be cardiac and needs to be checked out NOW ...Read more

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When someone has a mammogram is the arm and hand suppose to get numb why the test is preformed? I had a inter scalene nerve block shoulder surgery

When someone has a mammogram is the arm and hand suppose to get numb why the test is preformed? I had a inter scalene nerve block shoulder surgery

See below: A mammogram does not cause numbness in the arm and hand. The position you had your arm in during the procedure could have put some strain on your neck so I would go to an urgent care center or your local doctor if the symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I often wake up with numbness in hands; have elbow pain during the day; was diagnosed with sciatica; have bulging discs in back; obese. Back surgery?

I often wake up with numbness in hands; have elbow pain during the day; was diagnosed with sciatica; have bulging discs in back; obese. Back surgery?

Sciatica: Is an inflammation of the sciatic nerve which runs from the buttock area down and around the leg. Surgery is a last resort. I suggest speaking to your orthopedic physician about oral or injected anti inflammatory medicines. ...Read more

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How can a baseball player cure shoulder, elbow pain?

How can a baseball player cure shoulder, elbow pain?

Individual: That is a tough question. It very much needs to be individualized. Especially since the forces that we put through the shoulder and elbow are so huge that very small problems become massive problems. Please see your friendly neighborhood sports medicine specialist. In general, adequate stretching, strengthening, and rest, is required for a successful thrower. ...Read more

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Elbow pain for a week that radiates to the shoulder and arm. Also to the back. Feels like pinching? Feels better with rest

Elbow pain for a week that radiates to the shoulder and arm. Also to the back. Feels like pinching? Feels better with rest

Can be pinched nerve: Pinched nerve when it passes in a groove in the back of the elbow can cause it. This can be from inflammation, scarring, or bone spur. Occasionally Carpal Tunnel syndrome will cause the same. If rest, by avoiding activities that cause pain, and icing does not take care of it in few days, then you need to see your primary doctor for further evaluation, testing, and treatment. ...Read more

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How come when some1 massages my upper left back/shoulder where there's knots my left arm/elbow pain goes away but comes back again a little while late?

Spasm returns: Knots are a type of cramp or muscle spasm. When a massage releases a muscle spasm it doesn't always stay released, particularly if you keep doing the same thing (s) that caused the spasm in the first place. Too much body frame weight, the wrong shoes, strain caused by stress bad exercises, bad pillow, etc. Could all be causes of the spasm. Find the source of spasm, address it and feel it disappear. ...Read more

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Shoulder/back pain that radiates down to elbow. Shoulder started 3-4 weeks ago but elbow pain came last week. Worse at night, throbs. Keeps me awake?

Shoulder/back pain that radiates down to elbow. Shoulder started 3-4 weeks ago but elbow pain came last week. Worse at night, throbs. Keeps me awake?

May not fit: May not be simple but could be coming from the neck to the elbow. Because there are so many systems involved here you need to discuss this with your physician ...Read more

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Shoulder and elbow pain?

Shoulder and elbow pain?

Many possibilities: Shoulder and elbow pain can be caused by a lot of things. The pain could be coming from local problems, such as tendonitis, bursitis or arthritis. The pain can also be referred from the neck due to a pinched nerve. Finally, although less likely, it could be due to an inflammatory condition. ...Read more

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Tuesday gone did 40 pushups left should pain since then swelling and pain when moving my shoulder pain from shoulder to elbow pain at night awakes me?

Shoulder pain: This is likely a strain type injury. Recommend rest, ice, compression, and an over the counter anti- inflammatory (ibuprofen or naproxen). If symptoms continue after this treatment for 2-3 weeks, seek consultation with orthopedic surgeon ...Read more

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I went to sleep and I woke up with shoulder and elbow pain in both arms and I haven't exercised recently, and I'm not sure if I should go to the hospi?

I went to sleep and I woke up with shoulder and elbow pain in both arms and I haven't exercised recently, and I'm not sure if I should go to the hospi?

Depends: If the symptoms resolve within a few minutes, then they may simply be related to your sleep position. If so, you should see your doctor. If symptoms not resolving in a few minutes, then you should go to the hospital emergency to get evaluated for spine injury. ...Read more

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What could cause chronic elbow pain with swelling. Pain radiates to hand and wrist. Sometimes to shoulder. At times jabbing pain. Have had for a year.

See physician: To be sure. However, this could be a couple things, including a chronic bursitis which is causing pressure on the ulnar nerve causing the radiating pain. There are a number of other structures in the elbow that can cause chronic inflammation though and thorough history and physical is necessary with possible imaging. ...Read more

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Hurt my wrist waiting 2 weeks xrays, 4 days later experiencing elbow pain and forearm and some shoulder pain swollen hand. What could this mean?

Hurt my wrist waiting 2 weeks xrays, 4 days later experiencing elbow pain and forearm and some shoulder pain swollen hand. What could this mean?

Need doctor's advice: It is not clear as to the injury but the wrist can be the starting point and the swelling can occur from limited use. Need to be evaluated for the entire arm and see if xrays are necessary and best treatment.
Best wishes. ...Read more

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Pain in left arm. Starts around elbow. Pain radiates to thumb. Sometimes tingling fingers. Yesterday had shooting pain across shoulder when extended arm.

Pain in left arm. Starts around elbow. Pain radiates to thumb. Sometimes tingling fingers. Yesterday had shooting pain across shoulder when extended arm.

Sounds like pinched: nerve, but any pain in left arm is concerning for angina. You are quite young to develop heart disease, but you should see your doctor to make sure your heart is ok, especially if you have risk factors. ...Read more

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Leftside elbow pain/numbness wrist/finger tips numbness, shoulder pain left side of left breast both upper part of back, not all time some?

Leftside elbow pain/numbness wrist/finger tips numbness, shoulder pain left side of left breast both upper part of back, not all time some?

Pinched nerve: Because patients having cardiac problems can have these symptoms, you should have this ruled out. But the most common cause is an irritation of a nerve in the neck by a bone spur or herniation that can cause pain or numbness that runs down the arm into the hand. An MRI can usually show the cause of the problem if it does not resolve. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

Elbow Pain (Definition)

Discomfort or soreness to varying degrees at the joint that joins the upper ...Read more