Right Arm Pain And Weakness In A Collegiate Football Player - Page #1

Author: Jason Eggers, MD, DC
Co Author #1: Peter Seidenberg, MD, FACSM

Patient Presentation:
A 20 year old collegiate football player experienced the immediate onset of right arm pain and weakness after making a tackle. During the tackle, his right shoulder was depressed by the opposing player's helmet. He did not experience any loss of consciousness and was able to exit the field under his own power.

On the sideline, he denied any neck pain or headache. He continued to complain of diffuse pain, weakness and parethesias of his right upper extremity.

Physical Exam:
The athlete had full cervical range of motion. He had no appreciable motor function of the right upper extremity. He had no sensation to light touch of the right upper extremity. The motor and sensory exam of the left upper extremity and bilateral lower extremities was normal. His right radial pulse was palpable.

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