Have you been waking up with arm pain lately? Does the pain appear as you wake up, or does the pain cause you to wake up?
If your arm pain is so severe that it wakes you up many times during the night, consult your doctor right away. However, if you’re like many people who struggle with arm pain in the morning, you may dealing with an overuse injury.
Why Does My Arm Hurt?
Our bodies have limits. The body’s heart can only beat so fast, and the lungs can only hold so much air. Fortunately, our bodies set up safeguards that help keep us from breaking our limits. The question then becomes, what is causing your pain?
Your muscles do more than just move your bones. One of the primary jobs of muscles is to help pump blood through your body. Sometimes, arm pain can be a symptom of a blood clot or a cardiac problem.
If you’ve already ruled out these medical conditions with your doctor, it’s time to turn your attention to the other functions of the muscular system to deduce what may be causing possible arm pain or weakness.
Muscle Weakness And Overcompensation
Do you have tension and pain in your upper shoulders and neck? Do your hands, wrists, or elbows bother you after a long day at work?
If you answered yes to the above questions, there may be underlying muscular imbalances that are causing your arm pain. You may overuse your stronger muscles to compensate for weakness in other muscles. Overcompensating for your body’s lack of strength puts undue stress on those muscles and risks developing a painful strain or tear.
Do you have pain in areas near your arm that could lead to waking up with arm pain?
Many people may not consider that their neck, wrist, or shoulder problems can contribute to their arm pain. Injuries that can cause referred pain include carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff injuries, or biceps/triceps tendonitis. Because these injuries may affect tendons, ligaments, and muscles that are heavily involved in shoulder and arm movements, this can affect the rest of your arm.
For example, a pinched nerve in your shoulder (nerve impingement) may radiate pain through your arm. We often call this “referred pain,” as pain from other injuries will subtly radiate to nearby areas of the body as we sleep. Sometimes referred pain may appear to be a separate injury.
Other Causes of Arm Pain
Sometimes, arm pain may be caused by more chronic or autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or other phenomena like angina. It is important to note that if your arm pain includes chest pain, nausea, or dizziness, seek emergency medical help as this can be a sign of a more serious condition.
How To Fix Your Arm Pain Fast
Your muscles can do many things, from running and jumping to throwing and lifting. However, even the strongest muscles can occasionally move beyond their limits. Understanding and consciously abiding by your body’s limits is important to avoid injuries that can lead to pain. Learning how to correct muscular imbalances as they appear is crucial to swift and effective pain relief.
If you are experiencing shoulder, elbow, or wrist pain, schedule an appointment with an Airrosti Provider. Our Providers seek to resolve injuries like arm pain at the source to help bring fast, effective relief. In addition, Airrosti Providers supply the tools and resources needed to help you address problem areas as they appear so you can keep doing the things you love pain-free.
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