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Can't lift my arm straight up without alot of pain, need

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can't lift my arm straight up without alot of pain, need help putting it back down
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  drknowsbest replied 8 years ago.
Hello Customer!
The two most common causes of this is a rotator cuff tendinitis or tear, and bursitis. If the inability to lift the arm is due to pain and not weakness then this can be a tendinitis or a bursitis. Bursitis is most tender right at the tip of the deltoid (at the top of the arm). Tendinitis can be tender at the tendons of any of the rotator cuff muscles. The two most involved in lifting the arm are the deltoid and the supraspinatus. If you can initiate the movement but cannot make the full arc to move the arm over the head then this is more likely supraspinatus involvement. If it locks above this then this is more likely a tear as well. This can be why you are having difficulty putting it back down. The only way to visualize the tear is on an MRI but exam is sometimes enough to diagnose it. You need to see your dr for this as repair is needed if torn and extensive therapy to avoid long term motion and strength issues in the future.
In the meantime rest, ice, and an antiinflammatory like alleve.
Good Luck
Hope this helps!
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