Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Why Are My Right Limbs Bigger?

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 09:28 AM

Question: My right arm and leg is noticeably bigger than my left limbs. Is this normal?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
As long as all four limbs have normal length, and normal muscles around them, this is most likely normal, and is unlikely a cause for concern. In right-handed people, especially certain athletes, the right limbs may be bigger. Doing extra exercise, especially weight training, on the left-side limbs, will usually increase their size.If you have any sensory decrease or co-ordination difference associated with this bulk difference, or if the difference is noticable by others,
I recommend you be examined by a medical professional to be sure no underlying neuro-degenerative, myopathic, or spinal cord process has taken place.

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The size difference between your left and right arms and legs is likely normal variation.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 09:28 AM
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