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What causes abnormal needle EMG in Latissimus dorsi muscles (on the sides- no electrical activity), upper arms/body weakness and scapular winging?

What causes abnormal needle EMG in Latissimus dorsi muscles (on the sides- no electrical activity), upper arms/body weakness and scapular winging?

Injury 2 the long--: --thoracic nerve of Bell. It inervates(sp) the serratus anterior which stabilizes the scapula.This wwould cause scapular winging, & poor function of the arm, ,as the function depends on a stable scapula. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Prosthetics (Definition)

Prosthetics replace a part of the body. A prosthesis is the name of the device. For example, a prosthetic leg replaces a lost leg. Artificial legs or arms are common examples. Prosthetic teeth are also common. On occasion the device used for a joint replacement (new knee for example) is referred to as ...Read more


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Extensor Carpi Radialis longus (inside forearm arm) muscle small knot? Longish-lump, tension? Pain when flexing wrist shoots to upper arm

Extensor Carpi Radialis longus (inside forearm arm) muscle small knot? Longish-lump, tension? Pain when flexing wrist shoots to upper arm

Lump in muscle : should be evaluated certainly could be any number of benign condition are benign tumor or muscle strain or injury but there's also the possibility that it something more like a sarcoma which is rAre. But not unheard of It's more notable if it's a lump in a muscle if it's truly within the muscle than which muscle one thinks it is. it is in the forearm. ...Read more

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Allergy shot consistanly in left arm, now c/o left arm muscle pain and hand cramp in l hand an arm?

Time for Neurologist: These are such unusual symptoms that have followed allergy shots, so one should be cautious about blaming the injections on these new problems. Any injury to the body may cause a condition known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy/crps complex regional pain syndrome, but it is hard to imagine that allergy shots could bring on such a complication. Please arrange to see a neurologist now for workup. ...Read more

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Ultra sound personal devices work plaque brake-up calf muscles?

Ultra sound personal devices work  plaque brake-up calf muscles?

Not good idea: Therapeutic and/or diagnostic ultrasound should be used by a physician. I am not sure that ultrasound will break up plaque using a "personal device". ...Read more

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Last night sudden numbing sensation in left arm, fast heart rate, heavy arm, & tingling with movement.Today cold feelin in wrist, forearm, & shoulder?

Last night sudden numbing sensation in left arm, fast heart rate, heavy arm, & tingling with movement.Today cold feelin in wrist, forearm, & shoulder?

Get checked out: Symptoms described are nonspecific. They could be brought on by cardiac causes or they could be related to stress/anxiety with hyperventilation. They could also be brought on by cervical neck issues cause a pinched nerve. ...Read more

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Heavinees in arm from shoulder to hand. Clean ncs around hand/wrist and clean emg from deltoid to hand muscles. Arm still strong just heavy feeling?

Heavinees in arm from shoulder to hand. Clean ncs around hand/wrist and clean emg from deltoid to hand muscles. Arm still strong just heavy feeling?

Any MRIs? any pain?: "heaviness" can result from rotator cuff injuries. Coordination problems can also mimic heaviness and can result from central nervous system issues. Obviously problems like this can range from something completely benign, to something significant like ms. If you have had ncs/emg studies done, you're obviously in with a neurologist or someone else specialized in evaluating such conditions. ...Read more

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Rotator cuff pain, arm and hand goes numb is that tendon damage?

Rotator cuff pain, arm and hand goes numb is that tendon damage?

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your neck. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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Do bike racers experience numbness, tingling, or pain in the arm, hand, or wrist?

Do bike racers experience numbness, tingling, or pain in the arm, hand, or wrist?

Yes, many reasons.: Not uncommonly, problems at the wrist, such as carpal tunnel, affecting the thumb and index and middle finger, or guyon's canal causing numbness in digits 4 and 5. Also, may see due to neck postures, including nerve root compression, but also brachial plexus problems including thoracic outlet syndrome. ...Read more

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HAVE MUSCLE STAINS: NECK TO ANKLE ALSO INTO ARM, MAINLY HIP SNAPPING. WOULD TENDON RELEASE SURGERY MAIN THIGH MUSCLES CORRECT WHOLE BODY SIDE STRAIN?

HAVE MUSCLE STAINS: NECK TO ANKLE ALSO INTO ARM, MAINLY HIP SNAPPING. WOULD TENDON RELEASE SURGERY MAIN THIGH MUSCLES CORRECT WHOLE BODY SIDE STRAIN?

Varies: You would really need a detailed exam to answer that. There are occasions where we can fix one condition and that can lead to improvements in other areas of the body due to compensation. There are other occasions where a person may have two or more conditions and fixing one of them will only lead to improvement on that specific condition. Don't hesitate to be seen and thoroughly evaluated. ...Read more

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Upper left chest nerve/muscle pain when I move left arm or rotate body to left. Phys therp for 3 weeks semi-helpful. Muscle or cardio related?Nd xray?

Upper left chest nerve/muscle pain when I move left arm or rotate body to left. Phys therp for 3 weeks semi-helpful. Muscle or cardio related?Nd xray?

Likely Rib/Vertebra: PT is, in my opinion, haphazard; not based on exact diagnosis (dx).ABSOLUTE KEY to proper treatment (tx) is proper dx.Chest pain w/ moving arm or rotating body is consistent with vertebral or rib dysfunction, or a variety of other musculoskeletal causes.A good history & physical, incl. osteopathic hands-on exam may find exact cause.Then precise manipulation or other tx (ex. prolotherapy) may help. ...Read more

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Severe arm pain from neck to fore arm, numb fingers from pinky to middle.MRI shows only small herniation at C6-C7.Cant lift arm anymore.Neck and arm?

Severe arm pain from neck to fore arm, numb fingers from pinky to middle.MRI shows only small herniation at C6-C7.Cant lift arm anymore.Neck and arm?

Clarify your problem: Although you may have some issue with nerve compression in neck, it is conceivable that you have more peripheral nerve compression instead. An EMG test can pinpoint and exclude different causes, and, in your case, should be very helpful. ...Read more

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Muscular spasms across left arm, left arm also feeling heavy at times?

Muscular spasms across left arm, left  arm also feeling heavy at times?

Pinched nerve: At your age neck pain that runs down the arm with or without spasms and heaviness sounds like a pinched nerve in the neck. This is usually caused by a protruding disc or bone spur touching one of your spinal nerves as it leaves your neck. This can often improve on it's own with rest and anti-inflammatories, but if your pain lasts greater than one week or gets worse see your physician. ...Read more

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Side effects of metal shaving left in shoulder from rotator cuff surgery?

Side effects of metal shaving left in shoulder from rotator cuff surgery?

It depends: The shoulder has many moving parts. If the metal is contained in the bone or is sequestered in fibrotic scar tissue, then it shouldn't be a problem. If its in the joint or a tendon sheath, it could be a source of pain and irritation. ...Read more

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Stiff neck that clicks when i move it, pins and needles from neck down right arm. R shoulder pain. What should I do? Numbness in arm- dead arm?

Stiff neck that clicks when i move it, pins and needles from neck down right arm. R shoulder pain. What should I do?  Numbness in arm- dead arm?

"pinched nerve": Sounds like you have a "pinched nerve" in your cervical vertebrae. See your family physician who may see fit to send you to an osteopathiic physician or a physiotherapist and maybe order an x-ray of your cervical spine. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a really advanced prosthetic arm?

Is it possible to have a really advanced prosthetic arm?

Yes: Some directly connect to the nerves that worked the arm and fingers. ...Read more

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What is the price range of prosthetic legs and arms?

What is the price range of prosthetic legs and arms?

Cost: This is variable. Would contact the facility or provider to obtain more information about the anticipated cost. ...Read more

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Bionic arm: how does a prosthetic arm and hand work?

Bionic arm: how does a prosthetic arm and hand work?

Nuclear fusion: No just kidding , sensor detact muscle actity below the skin and in turn move, Original myoelectric prosthesis had small " microswtches" that responded to pressure ...Read more

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How does one get a prosthetic leg?

How does one get a prosthetic leg?

Orthotics company: You will need a prescription for the appropriate prosthetic based on your amputation level. Then you will need to be assessed and fitted by an orthotics/ prosthetic specialist. ...Read more

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Are there penile prosthetic companies?

Are there penile prosthetic companies?

Yes: there are at least 3 companies that make penile implants. ...Read more

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My life so bad since prosthetic shoulder: what should I do?

My life so bad since prosthetic shoulder: what should I do?

Second opinion: An artificial shoulder should make you 90% painfree with good motion within three months if it was done appropriately. Please seak the care of a shoulder surgeon for a second opinion. ...Read more

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How real does prosthetic testicle feels like.... I mean if a someones else sees or touches it?

How real does prosthetic testicle feels like.... I mean if a someones else sees or touches it?

It's Silicone: It's like a prosthetic breast implant from years ago. Pretty realistic. I'd be surprised if most can tell the difference. ...Read more

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If you have artificial knees and you get MRSA in them, are you allowed to get new prosthetics?

If you have artificial knees and you get MRSA in them, are you allowed to get new prosthetics?

Yes: The most successful way to treat an MRSA prosthetic joint infection is to remove the implant, treat with antibiotics for several weeks, then replace the implants. There are very limited situations in which you can treat the prosthetic joint with just antibiotics (usually early infections), and some where you can swap out the joint in one pass. Talk to your surgeon and an id specialist. ...Read more

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How will i learn to use the prosthetic? What does the process of learning to use a prosthetic entail? .

How will i learn to use the prosthetic? What does the process of learning to use a prosthetic entail?

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Physical therapy: After a prosthetic is received physical therapy is prescribed for prosthetic training. The duration of therapy depends on multiple factors including the health of the other leg, the exercise tolerance, and type of amputation. ...Read more

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How soon after surgery do I get my prosthetic? My amputation is coming up soon. How long after the surgery will I have to wait for my prosthetic. .

How soon after surgery do I get my prosthetic? My amputation is coming up soon. How long after the surgery will I have to wait for my prosthetic.

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Until healed: Usually six weeks is enough time if you used a stump shrinker. The important point is that the amputation is fully healed and strong enough, and that the swelling has resolved. Getting fitted when swollen will lead to a loose fitting prosthesis and problems more likely sooner than later. ...Read more

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Will my prosthetic irritate my stump? I'm concerned about sensitivity at the end of my stump. Is it possible that my prosthetic will irritate it? .

Will my prosthetic irritate my stump? I'm concerned about sensitivity at the end of my stump. Is it possible that my prosthetic will irritate it?

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Should not: A well made prosthesis will take into account sensitive areas of the stump and accommodate them so there is not too much pressure in one area or the other. A good prosthetist ( the person that fabricates the prosthesis) is key. ...Read more

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How do you diminish pain caused from prosthetics?

How do you diminish pain caused from prosthetics?

See below: If you mean pain from an artificial limb, you need to work with the prosthetist to determine the cause of the pain. Often it requires an adjustment in the prosthesis or change in the way the prosthesis is kept in place. Other causes are the presence of a neuroma in the distal limb which is a bundle of abnormal nerves. There are various treatments for this. Other causes are not enough soft tissue. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: prosthetics?

Body replacement : Prosthetics replace a part of the body. A prosthesis is the name of the device. For example, a prosthetic leg replaces a lost leg. Artificial legs or arms are common examples. Prosthetic teeth are also common. On occasion the device used for a joint replacement (new knee for example) is referred to as a prosthesis as well. ...Read more

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What materials are prosthetics made from? What different kinds of materials (plastics, metals, etc?) are used to make prosthetics? .

More than ever: Ceramics, porcelains, metals (precious, semi precious, non precious), composites, acrylics. Others. ...Read more

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What is a cosmesis prosthetic?

Cosmetic/functional: A cosmetic prosthesis is generally for just that, cosmetic reasons. There is no real functionality to it. A functional prosthesis would have a purpose in helping to move or accomplish a task. ...Read more

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Why must we use prosthetic replacement?

Biologics breakdown: The biologic replacements that have been tried fail quickly. The prosthetic replacements usually last 10-15 years. ...Read more

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What would prevent an amputee from wearing prosthetics?

Multiple reasons : Successful use of a prosthesis depends on many factors. Walking with a prosthesis requires more energy than usual walking so one of the most important factors is the person's ability to tolerate the increased physical effort. When the body can tolerate the activity, a good rehabilitation team (physical therapists, prosthetists, psychologists and rehab physicians) is crucial for success. ...Read more

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What various types of cosmesis prosthetics are available?

What various  types of cosmesis prosthetics are available?

Quality: There are different quality if material used to make the prosthesis, but more importantly is the quality of the makers ability to match your skin color. ...Read more