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Rotator Cuff Upper Arm Pain

November 23, 2011 by  
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rotator cuff upper arm painAs with any type of pain, you should always first consult your doctor.  They are the only ones who can give you a professional diagnosis.  But what if you are suffering from a rotator cuff injury but also have upper arm pain?  Is this a normal symptom associated with a rotator cuff injury or is it something completely separate or non related?

When you suffer a rotator cuff injury, one or more of the muscles becomes strained and shortened causing the other muscles to stretch beyond their normal range of motion.  It is possible that you could suffer some upper arm pain but chances of it being related to your rotator cuff injury is slim.

Upper arm pain can be a sign of some other type of condition or injury.  For example, you could have a torn bicep muscle.  If you’ve recently started a new exercise program or have been lifting heavy items then it is possible that you may have torn your bicep.  If you were exercising or lifting heavy objects, you have most likely felt a pop in your bicep followed by extreme pain and discomfort. If your bicep is torn, you will not be able to use your arm at all and the only solution is to visit your doctor.

Another reason why a rotator cuff tear does not usually cause upper arm pain is that you could also be experiencing a heart attack.  More specifically, if you have any numbness or tingling in your left arm, then this is an warning sign that something in not right with your heart and you should get to a doctor or hospital as soon as possible.

Thirdly, your upper arm pain could be a result of muscle fatigue.  If you’ve just started a new job or exercise program that involves excessive lifting or repetitive actions with your arms, then you’ve most likely only have arm muscle fatigue.  You may experience some arm swelling, tenderness, inflammation or it may be tender to the touch.  The best way to decrease these symptoms is by using the RICE methods (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation).

And lastly, even more rare is a condition called peripheral vascular disease.  This is condition whereby their is a limit to the amount of blood being supplied to the peripheral arteries which include the upper arm.  You may notice that you have arm pain when you perform light exercise but the pain subsides when you rest your arm.  Also, you may notice some arm paleness, numbness or coldness.

So there are some conditions other than a rotator cuff injury that can cause upper arm pain.  The most common symptoms of a rotator cuff injury include: shoulder pain at night, shoulder pain that gets worse throughout the day, a decrease in your shoulder’s normal range of motion, difficulty in putting on your coat or jacket or reaching around and retrieving a wallet from your pants pocket.  You may also experience some shoulder popping or cracking sensations if you rotate your arm.

If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, then you most likely have a torn rotator cuff.  But to completely recover from a rotator cuff tear, you can do so simply by performing 4 simple steps from the comfort of your own home, without the need for any medical gadgets or special exercise equipment.

This short rotator cuff video will show you just how easy it is!

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