What Causes Impaired Arm Function?
Impaired arm function can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose impaired arm function, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "impaired arm function" as a symptom. Here are three possibilities:
- Slipped Disc
- Stroke Risk
- Brain Tumor
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
reduced sense of taste
rapid pulse rate
rapid decline in speaking ability
history of bulimia
stroke in family members
history of brain cancer
having trouble concentrating
impaired ability to walk
recent "don't care" attitude
... and more than 10 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of impaired arm function:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Has your ability to use one or both of your arms declined within the past year for unknown reasons?
→ No change / reason known / don't know
→ Yes, a little
→ Yes, significantly
→ Yes, I am now almost unable to use my arms
→ I have now all arm function
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate slightly reduced arm function, greatly reduced arm function or inability to use arm(s), The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
|Gradual loss of movement in an arm or leg can indicate a brain tumor.|Slipped Disc
|Possible symptoms of cervical herniated disc include arm weakness or loss of arm function.|Stroke
|Loss of arm function affects some 85% of those who have suffered a stroke.|