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:
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Has your ability to use one or both of your arms declined within the past year for unknown reasons?
Possible responses:→ 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
Gradual loss of movement in an arm or leg can indicate a brain tumor.
Possible symptoms of cervical herniated disc include arm weakness or loss of arm function.
Loss of arm function affects some 85% of those who have suffered a stroke.