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Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD)
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Experience:  MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine
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With my left arm I can reach up my back to about my shoulder

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With my left arm I can reach up my back to about my shoulder blade. With my right arm I can only reach to my waist. What is causing this and what do I need to do to get my right arm to reach as far as my left.
JA: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? In general, how would you describe your health lately?
Customer: Good health. When I try to reach my right arm up I get some pain in my upper right arm.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 4 months ago.

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

What is your age?

Do you have history of shoulder injury or any upper limb fracture?

Are you able to raise your hand up to side of head without any pain?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I am 72. No history of shoulder injury. I can raise my hand up to the side of my face with np pain and reach straight up as far as I can reach.
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 4 months ago.

Thanks for the further information.

The most common cause for difference of range of motion between two joints on either side is;

1) tight muscles and ligaments.

2) mild arthritis.

This is not worrisome, unless you have pain or stiffness.

This can be treated by;

1) mild physical therapy / exercses.

2) Yoga.

Even in many sports persons who are very active; the range of joint motion is different in either side, without any known cause.

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