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Dr. Julie Abbott
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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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Having shoulder pain on rt side. Can't move arm certain ways or I get sharp severe pain also muscles in upper back hurt all the time. What is wrong?

Having shoulder pain on rt side. Can't move arm certain ways or I get sharp severe pain also muscles in upper back hurt all the time. What is wrong?

Neck or rotator cuff: Could be a nerve root injury, a rotator cuff strain or an injury to paraspinal muscles. Would recommend initial evaluation by a pcp and then possible referral to an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to lay or turn head. Can move. Neck, shoulder blade & arm hurt. What should I do?

Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to lay or turn head. Can move. Neck, shoulder blade & arm hurt. What should I do?

Muscular Pain?: Hi, your recent onset of symptoms and your age suggest that at this point the most likely diagnosis is that you have a shoulder/upper back/neck strain. You don't describe radicular symptoms that would suggest a neurologic etiology. Initial treatment after an H&P and imaging usually starts with NSAIDs and maybe a muscle relaxer and also some therapy exercises to see if your symptoms will get better ...Read more

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Woke up with shoulder pain over a week ago, pain in neck, back and now it has moved to left arm with numbness in my left hand. Pain lying down. Ta.

Woke up with shoulder pain over a week ago, pain in neck, back and now it has moved to left arm with numbness in my left hand. Pain lying down. Ta.

Pain: Not being a spinal surgeon can't be sure but it sure sounds from your description that it stems from the cervical level of your spine. See a spine specialist. ...Read more

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I have severe neck and shoulder pain with inability to lift left arm above head. Any ideas out there?

I have severe neck and shoulder pain with inability to lift left arm above head. Any ideas out there?

R/O ARTHRITIS/HNP: R/O OSTEOARTHRITIS OF NECK/HNP. You need a full exam AND FOCUSED NEURO EXAM and lab workup including TFTS /vitD/ Lyme titers /MRI to be through. Also GF diet wholeApproach. Com. And start vitamin supplements. Glucosamine/krill oil/ubiquinol/resveretrol rejuvenation-science. Com. &eval for PT and strengthening. PMR EVAL FOR PRP/PROLTHERAPY/STEROID EPIDURAL INJECTION. Then reevaluate. ...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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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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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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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?

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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Hi I have left shoulder pain when I move my arm the pain tricep and shoulder?

Hi I have left shoulder pain when I move my arm the pain tricep and shoulder?

Muscular?: If you haven't had a fall or acute injury, I'd think
that it is muscular etiology.
I'd curtail any strenuous activities and use ice and nsaid
med.
If symptoms persist I'd see your ortho for further eval. ...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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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'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

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What would cause back and shoulder pain while eating, not after eating. Have had shoulder, arm and back pain for a week. Told it is cerv radiculopathy?

Unusual: Cervical radiculopathy typically is not related to eating. Consider gastrointestinal conditions that may be causing these symptoms. Gallbladder problems, for example, can produce not only abdominal pain but pain that moves to your back or right shoulder blade. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a C5 impingement cause shoulder pain and pain in back of upper arm?

Please tell me, could a C5 impingement cause shoulder pain and pain in back of upper arm?

Yes: A 5th cervical nerve root "pinching" from a disc herniation (for example) can radiate pain to the deltoid (shoulder) and into the back of the upper arm. See your md for evaluation and definitive diagnosis. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I have left shoulder pain that is down to shoulder blade & is now causing arm pain everyday. What can I do or what could cause this?

I have left shoulder pain that is down to shoulder blade & is now causing arm pain everyday. What can I do or what could cause this?

Pinched nerve?: There are many things that can present this way. Part of the differential is a cervical radiculopathy or radiculitis (this is when nerves in your neck become pinched or irritated). If your symptoms persist or worsen (such as weakness), seek medical attention. Commonly (if this is what you do have.), a trial of physical therapy is very successful, but occasionally, surgery may be needed. ...Read more