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Doctor insights on: Shoulder Muscle Weakness

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Dr. Charles Toman
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Shoulder Muscle Weakness (Overview)

Shoulder muscle weakness is a symptom in which a person has weakness in one or both shoulders, which may cause difficulty in raising the arms above the level of the shoulders (such as in washing, drying, and brushing hair). Sometimes, autoimmune diseases (a person's immune system is damaging his own body) can lead to shoulder muscle weakness.


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Could shoulder atrophy cause neck muscle weakness?

Could shoulder atrophy cause neck muscle weakness?

very unusual: They are likely related to a similar cause. The potential list of causes can range from; poor postural mechanics, nerve root dysfunction from the neck region, muscular dystrophy and even some types of arthritis. It really warrants an evaluation from a specialist if you have not seen one yet. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Toman
13 doctors shared insights

Shoulder Muscle Weakness (Overview)

Shoulder muscle weakness is a symptom in which a person has weakness in one or both shoulders, which may cause difficulty in raising the arms above the level of the shoulders (such as in washing, drying, and brushing hair). Sometimes, autoimmune diseases (a person's immune system is damaging his own body) can lead to shoulder muscle weakness.


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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine cause, if possible
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Try R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
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Ease back into activity. Don't overdo it!
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Consider physical therapy or range-of-motion massage
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Could shoulder atrophy cause neck muscle weakness?

very unusual: They are likely related to a similar cause. The potential list of causes can range from; poor postural mechanics, nerve root dysfunction from the neck region, muscular dystrophy and even some types of arthritis. It really warrants an evaluation from a specialist if you have not seen one yet. ...Read more

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Can an unstable shoulder cause muscle soreness/weakness in the arm and shoulder blade?

Can an unstable shoulder cause muscle soreness/weakness in the arm and shoulder blade?

Definitely: Shoulder instability can cause winging of the shoulder blade and weakness. You may have also stretched the axillary nerve to the deltoid muscle and lateral shoulder as well. ...Read more

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Could my back pain under my shoulder blades be due to muscle weakness?

Yes: While there are a number of different causes of back pain around the shoulder blade (scapual), having weakness of the scapular muscles can be one of them, one way to test this theory is to do exercises to strngthen these muscles and see if that helps. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Dr. Marcel Hungs
775 doctors shared insights

Muscle Weakness (Definition)

Muscle weakness is a symptom in which a person has less strength in his muscles than previously. Muscle weakness can be in certain parts of the body, or a person can be weak all over. The weakness can come and go, or can be ...Read more