Dr Ganesh Chunduri
A 40-year-old female patient came to my clinic complaining of pain in the right arm around the right shoulder, which was diagnosed as frozen shoulder by another ortho-paedician. As the pain was not getting better, she had come to see me.
Myself: Where does the pain start and end?
Patient: From right side of neck, down the right arm, upto the elbow and rarely into the fingers
M- Which fingers?
P: Little finger mostly.
Upon examination, I found that she had full range of movement in her neck and shoulder, ruling out frozen shoulder completely. However, she had decreased sensation in the little finger area, and weak elbow straightening and bending against power.
I informed her that the shoulder is perfectly fine and the problem is in the neck . We ordered an MRI scan of the neck, which showed disc bulges at C5 C6 levels in the neck, which corresponded to her painful arm.
She was advised to apply local heat, use adequate pillow and take the necessary treatment. She showed a lot of improvement within a few days. The writer is a consultant orthopaedist at Oxygen Hospitals, Vikrampuri.
You can contact him on 7702446000.