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

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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.

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.



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