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Numb shoulder Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Numb shoulder. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the numb shoulder?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Which shoulder is numb?
  3. Can you point with one finger exactly where the numbness is?
  4. History of trauma?

    Why: will usually help determine the cause of the numb shoulder. Trauma may cause a broken collar bone, broken shoulder blade or shoulder dislocation which may cause reduced numbness of he shoulder e.g. fall on the backward-stretching hand can force the shoulder to dislocate forward.

  5. Pain?

    Why: can help determine the cause of the numb shoulder.

  6. Symptoms of anterior dislocation of the shoulder joint?

    Why: e.g. severe pain in the shoulder, person usually supports the arm with the opposite hand and avoids any kind of examination. It may be complicated by axillary nerve damage and the person is then unable to contract the deltoid muscle which is on the outer surface of the shoulder. There may be a small patch of numbness over the deltoid muscle. This nerve damage usually recovers spontaneously after a few weeks.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Numb shoulder:

The following list of conditions have 'Numb shoulder' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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