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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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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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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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Can an action tremor in one arm be caused by a minor rotatory cuff injury? I have shoulder pain at certain angles when lifting objects.

Can an action tremor in one arm be caused by a minor rotatory cuff injury? I have shoulder pain at certain angles when lifting objects.

Possible: definitely worth getting an orhtopedic evaluation. If you are referring to an intention tremor, these can be treated with medication. ...Read more

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A 21 year old girl who does weight lifting. Neck and shoulder pain with tingling down right arm anf thumb and index finger. Pain and tinglimg and slig?

Neck pain and: Tingliing may be a sign of cervical spine invovlement. Other issues are shoulder instability that hurts locally and casues tingling down the arm. Or two independent issues such as neck muscle strain and carpal tunnel, both there but 2 separate conditons that come on at the same time. ...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 have been suffering from mild to moderate shoulder pain for about two weeks now. The pain is usually when i lift my arm to the side.

I have been suffering from mild to moderate shoulder pain for about two weeks now.  The pain is usually when i lift my arm to the side.

See an orthopedist: This can be anything from a muscle strain to a problem with the shoulder joint (which is one of the more complex joints in the body). You need to be examined by an experienced clinician. ...Read more

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What does it mean when shoulder pain worsens when pulling the arm back from an outstretched position?

What does it mean when shoulder pain worsens when pulling the arm back from an outstretched position?

Varies : There are a number of potential causes. If it is around your shoulder blade, then it usually means it is coming from the retractors of your shoulder blade, such as the rhomboids. If it is the shoulder, a babel, biceps, or rotator cuff tear are possible. Don't hesitate to be seen for a more specific diagnosis. ...Read more