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Pain In Upper Arm When Reaching Behind
Feel numbness/tingling in right thumb as well as some pain stiffness in the upper arm when bending, reaching behind back.?
I'm suffering from severe pain in my upper arm. Im unable most days to put my arm behind my back or even lift to get dressed. What could it be?
Best to see MD: It seems like the muscle to perform those functions are inflamed or even torn as in rotator cuff tear or labral tear. On the other hand, capsulitis or diffuse tendonitis can do the same. It is best to be evaluated and if needed to have an MRI (only if necessary) for proper treatment. ...Read more
Hi it's suzanne again, for the past six months I have been suffering with my left arm, I have limited use of it, I can only lift it to a centre height, I have trouble reaching for things and i also have trouble reaching for things behind me, meaning if i'
Shoulder perhaps: From your description I suspect a shoulder problem, but more information would help, as would an examination. See your primary provider for a check. If you have an orthopaedic doctor, that provider can examine you and sort out your problem. ...Read more
I have been experiencing pain in my right arm when reaching for something or when I try to extend it behind my back. Will it go away with rest?
Arm pain: Hard to determine without examination. Make an appointment with your doctor to exam you and tell you the diagnosis and what to do to get well. ...Read more
I was reaching behind my sofa to get something I had dropped. It was just out of reach so i really tried hard to reach further. Until I heard, and felt a popping sound under my arm. I recoiled immeadiately. At first, it hardly hurt. Now all night I have a
Many : Many muscular injuries heal on their own. I am answering this seven days after you wrote in. If you are experiencing severe pain or decreased range of motion at this point, consider medical evaluation to determine cause and possible need for treatment. ...Read more
I have pain in the upper right arm when doing reaching movements, esp. When placing arm behind back or over head. How can I remedy this? Thank you!
Elbow pain: Are you able to fully bend & straighten elbow joint? Can you turn hand palm down & back? May have dislocated elbow or broken radius/ulna/humerus or merely strained ligaments. Best to have joint examined & x-rayed (emergencyroom) so appropriate treatment can be given. Motrin/aleve/etc (if you can take them) may take edge off pain. Ice for swelling. Sling or splint for support until seen by doc. ...Read more
My little 18 week old will hold his right arm out behind his back when he's picked up and he uses his left mainly. What could it be?
Arm: He may have had an injury to the right arm. I would let his pediatrician have a look at it ...Read more
Twisted arm: It is actually very difficult to break a bone by twisting someone's arm. The common injury would be a sprain or ligament tear, usually to the elbow joint, possibly to the wrist as well. Only if a person had brittle bones like in osteoporosis or osteogenesis imperfecta, would a broken bone occur. ...Read more
Fell directly on shoulder with arm twisted behind me. Pain is getting worse. Hurts to touch and use arm. Radiates up neck and down arm.
Shoulder pain: Please have a xray done to make sure you didn't separate your shoulder (an AC joint separation), or fracture your clavicle. Also, there can be a rotator cuff or labral tear and an MRI may be needed. Get an arm sling, take ibuprofen, apply ice, go to a walk in or urgent care center today. ...Read more
Lately I've been getting a pain behind my upper left arm (like a dull pressure pain) whenever I sit. Slouching makes it worse. Possible cause?
Sometimes when I reach my arm behind me (ex. to get something from my bookbag), I get intense shoulder pain which goes away when I swing my arm around?
I can not take my left arm and make it reach behind my opposite shoulder blade. It is very painful. What should I do?
My arm has been hurting for weeks. I can't lean back or put them behind my head. The pain is in the upper right arm, beginning at the shoulder.
When I put my arm behind my back, my shoulder has uncomfort. I am a pitcher in baseball and doesn't hurt usually when throw but my velocity is lower?
I lost my balance standing on an air mattress and when I fell my right arm went behind my head and now I can't hardly lift it and i have pain in my?
Injury to Arm:
You have either bruised your arm muscles or may have broken one of the bones in the arm. The only way to know what to do is either go see a physician or let us know how your arm looks on the surface? Color??swelling? Can your move(bend and roll your wrist? What pain medication are you taking?
If you send these details, we can offer you further guidance. ...Read more
I had a tear in bicept and rotor cuff 1 yr.ago was treated for frozen shoulder but i still can't put my arm behind my back.why?
I have a constant burning in my right bicep and if I try to lift anything or put my arm behind my back it's a piercing pain what could it be?
Is it normal to have diplopia in the background? For example: When I look and focus on my arm the eraser and pencil behind my arm is doubled.
Yes: It is normal for a normal person to see double in the view of the background beyond the object he is focusing on, when the object he is focusing on is close to his eyes, when both of his eyes are working. If he is using only one eye, the background will not look doubled. If worried, one can have a routine eye exam at an eye doctor's office. ...Read more
The outer part of my left arm (rotator cuff?) hurts when I extend my arm behind my back or above my arm. It started from an awkward golf swing.
Have it evaluated.: Then see an orthopedist and have the shoulder evaluated. ...Read more
Pain in upper left arm, also in armpit. It hurts to move it behind my back, like to reach around to grab something, very weak. Pain is unbearable?
See below: This could be related to your shoulder or even a pinched nerve in your neck. Pain in the upper outer arm with difficulty reaching behind sounds like your rotator cuff. This is usually treated with anti-inflammatories, rest, ice, and gentle exercise. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician for further workup. ...Read more
When extending my right arm to pick something up a pain behind my armpit came and numbness followed and I cannot extend my arm or reach very far?
I fell & landed on my shoulder, I feel pain in muscles behind my shoulder when I try to raise my arm in a certain position, a bit swollen what is it?
Shoulder trauma: From a fall can cause a fracture, a sprain of the acromioclavicular joint, a dislocation or subluxation of the glenohmeral joint, a soft tissue injury of the inside or outside muscles of the shoulder or of the large muscles in the neck the attach near the shoulder and many other more detailed injuries, or can cause bruising pain and swelling. If pain & motion is an issue seek evaluation in person ...Read more
First aid use triangular bandage mike elevation sling came underneath arm and bihind back if I tie on shoulder don't go behind back will hurt person?
Not sized correctly.: The triangular bandage is sized incorrectly. I suspect it is too small for the individual if it does not swing around the back. You can let the arm "dangle" from the neck (i.e., one strap goes over each shoulder & tied behind the head) temporarily. But as soon as possible, get a properly sized sling & support the arm correctly. After all, this is "first aid": use in emergencies until help arrives. ...Read more
What causes numbness, pain and cold sensation behind the left shoulder blade? Hard to lift left arm, overuse or something more serious?
You may have : Notalgia paresthetica, an uncommon irritation of nerves over the mid shoulder blade, but if there is a winging this is a problem with long thoracic nerve, and if weak over shoulder may involve suprascapular nerve. Since many possibilities, have your doc do an exam and see what is the most likely answer. ...Read more
Do I need surgery for rotator cuff tendinosis and shoulder instability? I can't reach behind my back at all and am limited in raising my arm
GIRD: Sounds like glenohumeral internal rotational deficit. Usually resolved with therapy ...Read more
Was stretching my arm out behind my back and it felf like something snapped in the middle for my cheat. Now my chest is sore when I do anything.
Needanadjustment: Is chiropractic problem, possible rib displaced.Get a more detailed answer ›
The top of my shoulder hurts when I reach my arm behind my back (from the bottom, overhead is fine). The weight of my arm hanging down is sore too.
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