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Having significant arm/shoulder pain when movIng. I hear popping. Did not do anything that would cause injury besides normal activity. What should I do?

Having significant arm/shoulder pain when movIng. I hear popping. Did not do anything that would cause injury besides normal activity. What should I do?

Neck pain: Likely a minor subluxation. For example if you sleep on your neck wrong that can get the vertebrae slight misaligned and this can cause "popping" and pain. Try NSAID, cool compress and rest. If no improvement get checked. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Shoulder Pain (Definition)

Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more


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When I drive a lot I get shoulder pain moving in towards my chest what could cause this mostly left arm I do have herniated. Disc in neck?

When I drive a lot I get shoulder pain moving in towards my chest what could cause this mostly left arm I do have herniated. Disc in neck?

Neck or shoulder: You can get similar symptoms from an impingement on either your neck or shoulder itself. Best thing to do is see a physiatrist and get examined as there are special tests that can be done to determine which it is. If the exam doesn't lead to answers and MRI would be the next step. Heart problems can be referred to the left arm (angina) so if you have risk factors for heart disease see an md. ...Read more

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I have slight shoulder pain when raising my arm above my head and doing pressing movements. What is this?

I have slight shoulder pain when raising my arm above my head and doing pressing movements. What is this?

Muscle/tendon injury: Without a history of a specific injury, your pain could be coming from the fact that you strained the muscles (deltoid or rotator cuff) around the shoulder or sprained the ligaments and joint that join the end of your collar bone (clavicle) to the shoulder blade (acromion portion of the scapula). You should seek a thorough orthopaedic surgeon evaluation if the pain persists past a week. ...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?

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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R shoulder pain due to skiing for weeks. Physio=no help. Tingling feeling in fingers. Cant lift arm up or backwards. Pulls in neck+whole arm. Help?

R shoulder pain due to skiing for weeks. Physio=no help. Tingling feeling in fingers. Cant lift arm up or backwards. Pulls in neck+whole arm. Help?

See specialist: If you have not already, you should see a shoulder orthopedic specialist. If you have not had an MRI recently, that may be indicated. Please discuss this with your doctor/the specialist. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain with shooting pain down arm?

Shoulder pain with shooting pain down arm?

Many possibilities: Pain from the shoulder down the arm my be caused by a variety of things. Starting at the neck, there may be a pinched nerve, or the joints in the neck may be irritated. The muscles around the neck and shoulder may develop trigger points or tendonopathy which cause radiating pain. The shoulder itself may develop impingement. A pm;r doc is best able to diagnose the source of your pain. ...Read more

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Sever left shoulder pain extends to upper arm.

Sever left shoulder pain extends to upper arm.

Shoulder pain: Any chest pressure like an elephant sitting on your chest? If so, you better call 911 and go to the ER for possible heart attack! ...Read more

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What is best for shoulder pain and under arm pain?

Shoulder pain: The best is to find the etiology and solve the pain after treatment or self management. Shoulder pain is one of the symptoms from many different etiologies. ...Read more

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What can I do to address shoulder pain / arm weakness?

What can I do to address shoulder pain / arm weakness?

Shoulder/arm: It may be helped with gentle exercises, stretch, strengthen, nsaids, omega, rest, pt, ice, heat, modalities. Consider checking the rotator cuff, the neck, and possible nerve function. ...Read more

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I'm having shoulder pain and right arm pain any suggestions?

I'm having shoulder pain and right arm pain any suggestions?

Arm pain: Could be a pinched nerve in the neck. Gt evaluated. Pinched nerve may cause tingling and numbness as well as weakness. ...Read more

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What to do if I have headache and left arm and shoulder pain?

What to do if I have headache and left arm and shoulder pain?

Evaluate Neck: If you are not improving have your doctor order a cervical spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the neck can cause arm pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain under right side when taking a deep breath and moving?

Mgt: Your symptoms can be related to irritation of the pleural lining of the lung or causes by muscular strain. IF the pain improves with a heating pad and Motrin, it is most likely Musculo-Skeletal disease. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain when I lift my arms up to the side. What could this be?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes. The two most common would be a rotator cuff problem or shoulder instability. The rotator cuff muscles raise your arm away from your body and when they are injured raising your arm can be painful. Some people will have an unstable shoulder that can shift out of place if the arm is brought away from the body. A good exam can tell the cause. Thank you. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain upper left closer to arm than chest. What's this sound like?

Could be any number: Of things, like: shoulder joint (from arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, rc tear, sprain, strain, contusions, etc); neck or c spine lesions
(arthritis, pinched nerve, disc protrusion, etc);
muscles (from chest wall going to the upper arm, like pect major, etc); others include a fracture of clavicle, ribs, etc). Cardiac issues also need to be excluded.
Check with your pcp, . ...Read more

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Привет Shoulder pain under right side when taking a deep breath and moving?

Maybe lung related: Sounds more like lung issue. Check with your medical doctor to make sure your don't have pneumonia. You also need to see an orthopedist to try to isolate exactly where the problem is ...Read more

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What could be causing me to have right shoulder pain when using the opposite arm?

Hmmmm: Well maybe your right shoulder is somehow compensating for something your left should is doing.

You should go see a doctor if this persists. ...Read more

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I have had shoulder pain that leads to my arms when I wake up every morning. What could this mean?

I have had shoulder pain that leads to my arms when I wake up every morning. What could this mean?

Several things: Pain that severe needs to be worked up by your doctor in person. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination and possibly order some tests to see what's wrong with you. ...Read more

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Severe left shoulder pain by corner socket cannot lift shoulder/arm all the way up what could be possible cause?

Severe left shoulder pain by corner socket cannot lift shoulder/arm all the way up what could be possible cause?

Rotator cuff: If recent onset, a rotator cuff injury is a possibly. If a longstanding problem, arthritis is a common cause of decreased shoulder motion. Have it checked out by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I brought side sleeper pillow and my neck and shoulder pain has gotten worst. I can't raise my arm or lower it with feeling pain.

I brought side sleeper pillow and my neck and shoulder pain has gotten worst. I can't raise my arm or lower it with feeling pain.

Shoulder pain: There are many possible causes of neck and shoulder pain including pinched nerve and rotator cuff injury. Since this seems to be getting worse so that now your range of motion is limited, you need further in-person evaluation. Try your primary care doc first. If no success, see a PM&R doctor next. PT or massage may help, but get the right diagnosis first. ...Read more

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I'm a 35 yo female. I have been having some intermittent left arm and shoulder pain today. It's a radiating, nervy pain. Any ideas?

I'm a 35 yo female. I have been having some intermittent left arm and shoulder pain today. It's a radiating, nervy pain. Any ideas?

See details: No one can answer your question based on the scanty information with less than a single day of discomfort. If it persists see your doctor. ...Read more

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Pain in my upper right arm if I move arm up quickly. I get frontal shoulder pain. Its been going on for 2 months now. The pain is sharp.

Rotator cuff?: Sounds like you may have injured your rotator cuff, which are the muscles and tendons that move your shoulder. Moist heat to the area, avoid lifting/straining, take Advil or Aleve (naproxen) as directed for pain. If no better in a few days, see a doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Severe right shoulder pain hot started spontaneously, makes my whole arm feel heavy at times. Doesn't hurt to me my arm/ shoulder in anyway!?

Severe right shoulder pain hot started spontaneously, makes my whole arm feel heavy at times. Doesn't hurt to me my arm/ shoulder in anyway!?

Shoulder pain: Spontaneous shoulder pain without an injury?! arm feeling heavy or numb? It is best to go see a physician to be sure that you have not torn your rotator cuff or cause an injury to your brachial plexus. 1 will impede your athletics the other will make you a gimp. ...Read more

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I broke my arm 5 months ago and finally got my cast off 3 weeks ago. Since then I can barely move my arm, huge shoulder pain. How can I improve it?

Physical Therapy: You should probably start in physical therapy right away and see your doctor. This is an important time to make sure you make a 100% recovery. ...Read more

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Hi, I have shoulder pain when I turn my arm external rotation whilst is raised. Started after doing weighed dips. No pain while doing back exercises.

Hi, I have shoulder pain when I turn my arm external rotation whilst is raised. Started after doing weighed dips. No pain while doing back exercises.

Ac impingement: Sounds like you may have some impingement of the AC joint on your rotator cuff. I'd avoid overhead activities and see your ortho if it doesn't start to improve soon. ...Read more

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I have been having neck and shoulder pain on my right side for a week now. At times the pain will go down my right arm as well. What would cause this?

I have been having neck and shoulder pain on my right side for a week now. At times the pain will go down my right arm as well. What would cause this?

Your neck: Thank you for the question. There are many potential causes, but among the most common is the irritation of a nerve in the neck. The term "cervical radiculopathy" refers to the pain that can run don the arm into the neck from a nerve irritation in the neck. Uusally a phyxical exam and appropraite imaging studies can diagnose the problem. ...Read more

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Sharp pain when lift things up to put on high shelf. Now, shoulder pain when extend arm to the side or lift arm up or write or sleep on side. Serious?

Sharp pain when lift things up to put on high shelf. Now, shoulder pain when extend arm to the side or lift arm up or write or sleep on side. Serious?

Bursitis: This could be a condition known as shoulder impingement or bursitis. It could also be a mild case of frozen shoulder (mild because your movement restriction sounds minimal) none of these are "serious" but likely needs an evaluation. ...Read more

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Have shoulder pain all day. Right arm is like numbed. Not stiff shoulder, but pain. Eventually took medicine. What's the cause? No lifting heavy stuff

Have shoulder pain all day. Right arm is like numbed. Not stiff shoulder, but pain. Eventually took medicine. What's the cause? No lifting heavy stuff

Variable causes: Shoulder pain in female your age w/o obvious precipating event could be related to slight underlying instability, especially if other joints demonstrate greater than normal mobility/laxity. This is diagnosed mainly by clinical exam with otherwise normal x-rays/MRI. Mainstay of treatment is physical therapy to optimize strength of muscles around shoulder/shoulder blade (scapula). ...Read more

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I've had left shoulder pain for about 6 weeks. No injury. I cannot raise my arm straight up in the air and I cannot extend it back to undo my bra.?

I've had left shoulder pain for about 6 weeks. No injury. I cannot raise my arm straight up in the air and I cannot extend it back to undo my bra.?

Muscle/tendon injury: Without a history of a specific injury, your pain could be coming from the fact that you strained the muscles (deltoid or rotator cuff) around the shoulder or sprained the ligaments and joint that join the end of your collar bone (clavicle) to the shoulder blade (acromion portion of the scapula). You should seek a thorough orthopaedic surgeon evaluation if the pain persists past a week. ...Read more