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Shoulder pain - lifting, raising arm, hands behind back, sleeping. Been going on for 3 mos. Rot cuf?

Shoulder pain - lifting, raising arm, hands behind back, sleeping. Been going on for 3 mos. Rot cuf?

Could be: Pain at night, with overhead activities, pain with reaching out and behind back, weakness are all signs of rotator cuff problems. An MRI will help secure the diagnosis. Treatment depends on severity of symptoms and extent of rotator cuff damage. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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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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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What does it mean when my shoulder pain goes away when raising arm above head?

Ss muscle tendonitis: The Supra spinatus, Ss, muscle of the superior shoulder region functions to lift the shoulder overhead. An injured Ss muscle has relaxation & relief of pain in arm abduction & pain arousal in adduction, as the arm weighs about 20#, & exquisite pain at the sudden drop of a "dead arm"; impinging a previously traumatized Supraspinatus tendon, which inserts on the rotator cuff. ...Read more

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Why am I dizzy and have neck/upper shoulder pain when raising arms?

Why am I dizzy and have neck/upper shoulder pain when raising arms?

Probably not related: There is a rare condition called "the subclavian steal syndrome" that causes dizziness when you raise and use your left arm. It can be ruled out on physical exam in the office. Have your doctor check you. Otherwise, the two symptoms are probably not related. ...Read more

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How can I relieve the arm-shoulder pain after a workout?

How can I relieve the arm-shoulder pain after a workout?

Post work out pain: Make sure you are warming up; if you are seasoned athlete or weekend warrior, you must warm up before any workout - if this is not helping, you need a complete examination to determine the site and cause of pain - neck pain can radiate to the shoulder and vice versa - you will need an exam to tease this out. ...Read more

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Would a compression shirt help with arm and shoulder pain/instability?

Would a compression shirt help with arm and shoulder pain/instability?

Prob not: As an orthopedic surgeon who treats many patients w/ shoulder instability i would say there is no proven benefit to wearing compression shirts for instability . In season football players w/ unstable shoulders may be helped by wearing 'harnesses' which limit abduction( movement away from body) and external rotation.Best of luck! ...Read more

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Shoulder pain, limited strength and inability to lift arm up. What could this be?

Shoulder pain: Can also be caused by issues in the neck. Would recommend evaluation by pain specialist in addition to orthopedist. ...Read more

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I get severe shoulder pain that is felt all the way down my arm when i bring my arm?

I get severe shoulder pain that is felt all the way down my arm when i bring my arm?

See below: The possibilities are likely a primary problem with the shoulder itself or perhaps a radiating pain from the neck which can be caused by discs, pinched nerves or arthritis in the joints of the neck. If it generally is worse when you raise your arm, it is probably the shoulder, but only a good physical examination by a musculoskeletal doctor (orthopedist or physiatrist) should answer the question. ...Read more