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Can an impinged shoulder cause finger numbness when arm is

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Can an impinged shoulder cause finger numbness when arm is elevated? All fingers with the exception of the pinkie finger become numb but do not tingle.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.

Mysticdoc :

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Mysticdoc :

Hello,

Mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

Mysticdoc :

Yes, Pinched nerve at your shoulder level or at cervical spine level ( brachial plexus) can cause numbness of your fingers.

Mysticdoc :

If physical therapy is not helping you need to see a neurologist for further evaluation with scans and ner conduction studies

Customer:

what are ner conduction studies

Mysticdoc :

nerve conduction study --this is done to check for nerve damage.

Customer:

Is this something I need to do soon?

Mysticdoc :

you should check this out soon since your symptoms are persistent for a while and physical therapy not helping.

Mysticdoc :

good luck

Customer:

Thank you.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I had a steroid shot for the impingement last Dec. Four days later it felt great. I decided to try more physical therapy and limit certain activities before surgery. After 4 months of this, I slowly added more overhead activities and pain returned immediately. Now that it is summer, I would like to delay shoulder surgery until Sept. I was hoping I could just get a second steroid shot to get me through the summer. Since my numbness has become more frequent, should I concentrate on this numbness with a neurologist instead of "fixing" the shoulder impingement with an orthopedist?
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.

You can see your orthopedist to consider a second steroid shot.

If he thinks that you will need a NCV study then he will send you to the neurologist.