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Went to my doctor today. He said a muscle strain in my upper back is causing arm numbness. Is this possible? Not sure if I'm buying it...

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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In brief: Arm numbness

Arm numbness comes from impingement of a nerve root in the cervical spine or a pinched nerve in the arm itself.
Often people will have referred pain/numbness in the upper back too. Massage, physical therapy, and ice may be beneficial. If the numbness persists then an MRI of the cervical spine and a nerve test can help find the source of the numbness.

In brief: Arm numbness

Arm numbness comes from impingement of a nerve root in the cervical spine or a pinched nerve in the arm itself.
Often people will have referred pain/numbness in the upper back too. Massage, physical therapy, and ice may be beneficial. If the numbness persists then an MRI of the cervical spine and a nerve test can help find the source of the numbness.
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