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Top 6 Right Shoulder Numbness Causes

  1. 1.Brachial Plexopathy

    The brachial plexus is a complex nerve network located in the upper chest deep to the collar bone, which supplies the shoulder, arm, forearm, and hand. Damage to the brachial plexus is usually due to mechanical injury or trauma, and can interfere with normal nerve function causing numbness, pain, and/or weakness.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss these symptoms. It is likely the doctor will perform a thorough physical exam, and in many cases refer you to a specialist, physical therapist, or both. A professional evaluation is very important, as surgical treatment might be required for a brachial plexus nerve injury.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one arm, shoulder pain that shoots to the arm, arm weakness, numbness in one arm, shoulder pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Benign Bony Growth (Osteochondroma)

    An osteochondroma is a non-cancerous growth that usually develops during childhood or adolescence. It is a benign tumor that forms on the surface of a bone near the growth plate.

    You should visit your primary care physician for X-Ray evaluation. In most cases this condition is treated by careful observation over time to make sure the tumor does not grow. Surgery is considered if the osteochondroma causes pain, puts pressure on a nearby nerve or blood vessel, or has a large cap of cartilage.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    numbness in one arm, numbness in one thigh, swelling of one arm, hip deformity, swollen knee
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

    Impingement syndrome is a common shoulder condition seen in aging adults. The tendons of rotator cuff muscles, whose action is to rotate the arm such such as during a tennis swing, pass in a narrow space between two bones in the shoulder. When the space becomes too narrow, which can happen as a result of an overuse injury, pain may develop as the tendons rub against the bones.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Treatments for impingement syndrome involve rest, over-the-counter pain medication, steroid injections, physical therapy, and surgery in rare, serious cases.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one shoulder, dull, achy shoulder pain, shoulder pain that gets worse at night, difficulty moving the shoulder, shoulder pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with rotator cuff tendonitis:
    pain in one shoulder
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway filled with ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed. Symptoms usually start gradually, and as they worsen, grasping objects can become difficult.

    Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent permanent nerve damage. Your doctor will diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome with a physical exam and special nerve tests. Treatment includes resting your hand, splints, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines. If symptoms do not improve with these less invasive treatments, your physician may recommend surgery.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous shoulder pain, hand weakness, wrist pain, pain in one hand, weakness in one hand
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathy

    Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy refers to a closely related group of conditions that cause inflammation of muscle tissue.

    Make an appointment with a physician to determine exactly what subtype of inflammatory myopathy you are experiencing. The physician will most likely prescribe a oral steroid to reduce inflammation and put in an IV to protect the kidneys.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, muscle aches, fever, rash, unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Unstable Angina

    Unstable angina is a condition in which the heart isn't receiving enough blood and oxygen, which can cause a heart attack.

    Call 911 immediately.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    chest pain, nausea, being severely ill, lightheadedness, excessive sweating
    Symptoms that always occur with unstable angina:
    chest pain
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Right Shoulder Numbness

  • Q.How long has your shoulder been numb?
  • Q.How numb is your shoulder?
  • Q.How severe is your shoulder pain?
  • Q.How long has your shoulder pain been going on?

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Right Shoulder Numbness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced right shoulder numbness have also experienced:

    • 28% Pain in One Shoulder
    • 6% Pain in One Shoulder Blade
    • 4% Numbness in One Upper Arm
  • People who have experienced right shoulder numbness had symptoms persist for:

    • 38% Less Than a Day
    • 27% Over a Month
    • 18% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced right shoulder numbness were most often matched with:

    • 26% Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
    • 13% Brachial Plexopathy
    • 10% Benign Bony Growth (Osteochondroma)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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