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what will cause muscle to shrink in left arm,and cannot lift

Customer Question

what will cause muscle to shrink in left arm,and cannot lift arm above shouder
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.
Greetings.

Since when is the shrink in muscle mass?
Is this on the left side only?
Were you diagnosed frozen shoulder or brachial neuritis?

Dr. Arun
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
last july 2011.the doctors in trrinidad said that is something squeezing in the neck.
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.

Hello,

 

This is most likely due to the pinched nerves in the neck which has caused you the muscle atrophy (loss of muscle mass). This can be due to;

 

1) Herniated/degenerated disc in neck

 

2) Cervical spondylosis; bone spurs in the neck vertebrae pressing on the nerves.

 

Following investigations would be required (if not yet done);

 

1) X-ray of the neck spine

2) MRI of the neck

3) Nerve conduction velocity (NCV) study

4) Electromyography (EMG)

 

Following measures would be helpful;

 

1) Neck care in the activities of daily living.

 

a) No working on computer for more than half an hour in a single stretch. Same for TV.

b) Monitors and televisions exactly in front (180 degrees).

c) Contour pillow: Should fill the hollow when lying on back or straight. Available over the counter.

 

2) Cervical Collar or Brace

 

3) Cervical traction

 

4) Anti-inflammatory analgesics like Ibuprofen

 

5) Some physicians do give oral steroids in severe radiculopathy cases, in which pain / numbness / tingling is quite significant.

 

6) Physical therapy: gradually increasing exercises from passive stretching to active against resistance regime.

 

7) Electrotherapy in the form of TENS, interferential and laser and ultrasound.

 

8) Hot fomentation

 

9) Local analgesic patch / ointment / spray

 

You can consult following specialists;

 

a) Orthopedist

b) MD in Physical medicine and rehabilitation

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

 

Dr. Arun