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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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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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Need medical advice for severe arm and shoulder pain after lifting?

Need medical advice for severe arm and shoulder pain after lifting?

See an orthopedist: If you have severe shoulder and arm pain with weakness and loss of motion, consider seeing an orthopedist to evaluate your rotator cuff. ...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

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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

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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 can cause worsening upper arm and shoulder pain?

What can cause worsening upper arm and shoulder pain?

Shoulder Pain: Most common causes of shoulder pain are inflammation, SLAPS tears, Rotator Cuff tears, and shoulder dislocations. If you are having pain make an appointment to see an Orthopaedic shoulder surgeon for an examination and treatment options. Hope this helps. Take care, Joe Wilson. ...Read more

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What can I do to alleviate shoulder pain in my arm while I do push-ups?

What can I do to alleviate shoulder pain in my arm while I do push-ups?

Avoid deep push ups: While it may be a better workout to go all the way down in your pushups, if this is causing shoulder pain it may help to stop before your elbows go behind your back. Keeping your elbows in front of you will put less stress on your shoulder. ...Read more

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What must id do with terrible shoulder pain? I cant lift my arm above my head

What must id do with terrible shoulder pain? I cant lift my arm above my head

Need evaluation.: Not only would we need more information about what’s going on with your shoulder, but I think it would be wise if you got a formal physical examination locally with an orthopedist. Is this new, or has it been this way for a while? Was there any trauma involved? Depending on answers to these questions, you might at least need an x-ray if not an MRI. ...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 Supraspinatus, 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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What is wrong when you have shoulder pain that feels like an electrical charge running down your arm?

Nerve problem: Sounds like you have a pinched or compressed nerve. See an orthopedist or neurologist. Often times the longer youy wait to be treated, the worse the condition can get. ...Read more

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Have some shoulder pain in my right arm, it started today, mostly when I move it certain ways or go to grab or pick up something.?

Acute onset shoulder: Young person with recent onset of shoulder pain that is increased with motion is most likely a bursitis unless there has been an injury. If no injury, try ice, ibuprofen, and a few days of restricting placing our arm in painful positions ...Read more

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FOR THE LAST 3 DAYS I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO LIFT MY ARM DUE TO SHOULDER PAIN. I HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING DIFFERENT BUT I DID SLEEP ODDLY?

FOR THE LAST 3 DAYS I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO LIFT MY ARM DUE TO SHOULDER PAIN. I HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING DIFFERENT BUT I DID SLEEP ODDLY?

Possible cuff injury: Sounds as though your rotator cuff is involved. If the symptoms persist for more than a few days, you should undergo a thorough physical examination to determine if you have a torn rotator cuff. ...Read more

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I have severe shoulder pain and it hurts to move my arm 90degrees or more. It hurts to move across my body as well. One of my shoulder sits differently than the other shoulder. What should I do?

Shoulder pain: Shoulder pain deserves a clinical evaluation especially in a 19 year old. The shoulder complex actually is 4 joints with integrated ligamentous and muscular attachments that coordinate movement and provide stability to the shoulder. Would have evaluated by a sports trained primary care doctor, physical medicine doctor or ortho surgeon from eval and recommendations. ...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?

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?

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 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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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