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Thursday, January 29, 2009 Neckpain Nelda, Community Member, asks

Q: Following a fall on an outstretched arm, is it common to have wrist pain ten months after the injury

I fell several months ago and I tried to catch myself with my hands.  I have pain around my shoulder front and side with pain and spasms down to the elbow.  My wrist also aches.  There is a continual ache during the day, but at night I have resorted to placing a pillow under my arm to help with the pain.  I am awakened several times during the night.  It hurts to put on my bra also.  I sling it around to avoid the pain.  On the backside of my shoulder there is severe pain when I touch a bony part of the shoulder blade.  Does this sound like a rotator cuff tear?  I am not getting any younger and I don't want to be permanently disabled from this.  I have always  been active and I don't want to wait too long before I get it checked.  It sounds like I have already done that, but I just know the pain is not getting any better.  The wrist pain and shoulder pain have never subsided over the last nine months. Help me with any good advice. I would really appreciate your input.

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Cort, Health Guide
1/30/09 12:25pm

Have you seen a doctor? It was a little hard to tell. One of the best ways to stay healthy longer as we age is to see a doctor within a decent time span when things like this occur so that they can, hopefully, nip them in the bud. 


I've had shoulder pain recently and I came across a wonderful book called the Egoscue Method of treating pain.  Egoscue exercises and stretches realign the body so that the nerves aren't being impinged on or muscles aren't being strained. I've found it very helpful. If you haven't seen a doctor, though, I would think its time to see one. 


You might also want to try the Check A Symptom box and see what it says. Heres the shoulder section of the Check a Symptom process.


Good luck! 

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By Neckpain Nelda, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/21/10, First Published: 01/29/09