Upper Extremity Pain

Pain in the Front of Shoulder When Lifting Arm

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. People complain of pain in the front of the shoulder when lifting the elbow above the shoulder or back at shoulder level. This pain is less distinct and focused unless the person has a specific activity that they need to do …

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Stiff, Swollen Hands in the Morning

People complain about waking in the morning with stiff and swollen hands. Some of them have problems with tingling and sleeping hands in the night. They often get up and move their arms around until the tingling stops, and the arms are awake again. Sometimes, they have pain or tingling when they hold their arms near …

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Shoulder or Forearm Pain While Steering

A patient will hold their arm up as if they have it on top of the steering wheel. They trace along the outside of their shoulder and say, “It hurts right here, and sometimes in my forearm.” As well, the pain can shift and bother them worse in the forearm. When I ask them if …

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Pain Behind the Shoulder When Lifting Arm

When the trigger point is less advanced, people hold their arm out with the elbow away from their side,  reach around to touch the back of the shoulder behind the arm pit and say that it hurts there. If I ask if they can reproduce the pain, they cautiously rotate their hand back to a throwing …

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Can’t Reach Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

People complain of pain under the shoulder blade that they can’t reach. It aches fairly constantly. It is a bothersome ache that they can’t shake. They may get temporary relief from a hot shower or exercise. Sometimes, it becomes so vague, unreachable and constant that they just ignore it. When that happens, and this trigger point …

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Unresolveable Tennis Elbow

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. People complain about persistent tennis elbow even though they’ve tried many different things around the elbow to get relief.  They usually don’t talk about the shoulder problem until I ask them if it has troubled them. When asked, tennis players will …

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Shoulder Pain and Clicking While Grooming

Patients complain of pain in the shoulder when brushing their teeth, combing their hair, putting on make-up, shaving their face, etc. Typically, patients describe this pain as achy and deep in the shoulder. Their primary complaint may also include pain while carrying something by their sides like suitcases or buckets. This trigger point usually doesn’t disturb sleep but is often …

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Shoulder pain when sleeping on your side

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. People complain of pain that disturbs their sleep when lying on the painful shoulder or the opposite shoulder. It is a deeper pain than the illustration suggests. They have spent most of their time sleeping on that shoulder with that hand …

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