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Experience:  MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine
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I had a massage with a lot of time spent on my neck and the

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I had a massage with a lot of time spent on my neck and the next day I am experiencing a vibration feeling in my upper left arm. I thought it was my cell phone, but it's my arm. Will this go away?
JA: How long have you been dealing with this issue? Are you experiencing any numbness or tingling?
Customer: No numbness, tingling or pain, just a vibration.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Nope
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 3 months ago.

I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.

The massage has precipitated pinched nerves in neck, which is causing vibration feeling in left arm. This is likely to go in around 72 hours. Following measures also would be helpful, if this does not go away;

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 whom 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) Neurologist

c) MD in Physical medicine and rehabilitation

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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