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A 61-Year-Old Male with Severe Shoulder and Cervical Pain 

A 61-Year-Old Male with Severe Shoulder and Cervical Pain
A 61-Year-Old Male with Severe Shoulder and Cervical Pain

Jeffrey A. Cohen

, Justin J. Mowchun

, Victoria H. Lawson

, and Nathaniel M. Robbins

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date: 31 July 2021

Severe shoulder pain in the absence of a clear orthopedic cause may be due to acute brachial plexitis. Numbness and tingling in association with weakness and muscle atrophy that cannot be accounted for by a single nerve or nerve root distribution suggests the diagnosis. Additional clues suggesting brachial plexitis include intensity of shoulder pain and antecedent events such as illness, vaccination, injury, unusual physical activity or surgery. The approach to diagnosis of plexitis/plexopathy and appropriate evaluation for etiology are discussed. Management of this condition is conservative, relating to pain control and judicious use of mobilization and strengthening with physical therapy. Prognosis is generally good with recovery of strength occurring in weeks to months.

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