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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Long Arms (Overview)

Long arms are a clinical finding in which the arms are longer than typical, and can be a sign of Marfan Syndrome.


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Why do long arms negatively affect bench press?

Why do long arms negatively affect bench press?

Physics: The longer your arms are, the longer the distance the weights have to travel from your chest to the full extension length of your arms. This takes more time and energy which will lessen the number of reps you can do compared to someone with shorter arms, all else being equal of course. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
3 doctors shared insights

Long Arms (Overview)

Long arms are a clinical finding in which the arms are longer than typical, and can be a sign of Marfan Syndrome.


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Could having long arms mean i will get taller?

Genetics: Your profile says you are 50. At that point you are not going to grow, no matter how long your arms are! If you are a teen using your parents Healthtap site, then final height is not related to your arm length. Whether you grow taller is determined by whether you are through with puberty or not and if your growth plates on your leg bones have closed. ...Read more

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I have little whiteheads on the top portion of my arms and was wondering how I can get rid of them. I've had them for as long as I can remember.?

I have little whiteheads on the top portion of my arms and was wondering how I can get rid of them. I've had them for as long as I can remember.?

Keratosis pilaris?: It may be a condition called keratosis pilaris (kp) rather than true "whiteheads." kp is actually retained skin cells around a hair follicle and can feel rough to the touch. There is no cure and often goes along with patients who have hay fever/seasonal allergies. Products labeled as keratolytics like glycolic acid, Alpha hydroxy acid, Lactic Acid may be helpful to smooth out the "bumps". ...Read more

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Is it bad to have abnormally long arms?

Is it bad to have abnormally long arms?

No, but...: Having "abnormally" long arms and fingers can be a sign of a genetic disorder called marfan's. While it is fairly rare, it warrants follow up with your primary doctor, geneticist or orthopaedist if you are really concerned. ...Read more

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How to know if you have long arms?

How to know if you have long arms?

Measure: Finger tip to finger tip length approximates your height. See the drawing of davinci's man. When your armspan exceeds your height there is usually a reason the spine or legs are short. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have abnormally long arms?

No, but...: Having "abnormally" long arms and fingers can be a sign of a genetic disorder called marfan's. While it is fairly rare, it warrants follow up with your primary doctor, geneticist or orthopaedist if you are really concerned. ...Read more

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Could having long arms mean i will get taller?

Genetics: Your profile says you are 50. At that point you are not going to grow, no matter how long your arms are! If you are a teen using your parents Healthtap site, then final height is not related to your arm length. Whether you grow taller is determined by whether you are through with puberty or not and if your growth plates on your leg bones have closed. ...Read more

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Why do long arms negatively affect bench press?

Physics: The longer your arms are, the longer the distance the weights have to travel from your chest to the full extension length of your arms. This takes more time and energy which will lessen the number of reps you can do compared to someone with shorter arms, all else being equal of course. ...Read more

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What can cause very long arms? Is this a condition?

Marfan's: is one such condition which is an inherited disease associated with a variety of connective tissue disorders and long and slender arms, fingers and legs. ...Read more