Arm pain can range from mild discomfort to unbearable agony in either or both upper extremities of the body. Pain can be new onset (acute) or long-standing (chronic). Pain may be dull or sharp, constant or intermittent, cramping or burning. Arm pain can present itself in various sections of the arm. You may experience pain in the rotator cuff or shoulder, elbow pain, wrist pain, or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Arm pain can be caused by a wide variety of problems including, a soft tissue imbalance, a joint injury, a pinched nerve, or restricted blood flow. It may be caused by injury or overuse of the arm muscles or various joints. Often these injuries or wear and tear lead to pain. Potential symptoms include tenderness, redness, stiffness, or swelling in the affected area of the arm or joints. Depending on the cause, pain can start suddenly or develop over time. In some cases, arm pain originates from a problem in your neck or upper spine.
Specific arm pain injuries include:
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Pain
- Bicep/Tricep Tendonitis
- Shoulder Pain
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Older adults have a greater chance of having arm problems, because they lose muscle mass as they age. Children may have arm problems because they are usually more active than adults. Children’s bones and muscles are growing more quickly as well which can lead to pain.
Arm pain combined with excessive sweating, nausea, difficulty breathing, palpitations, fainting, or chest pain can be symptoms of a heart attack. It is crucial to call 911 or emergency medical if you think you might be having a heart attack.
The treatment for arm pain depends on the underlying cause. For pain due to overuse injuries, the treatment typically includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
If the pain is more severe, a splint or sling, or anti-inflammatory medications for pain may be prescribed. In severe cases, imaging or surgery may be recommended.
To avoid long periods of rest or inactivity, as well as long-term pain management solutions via prescription or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, consider Airrosti. Our providers conduct a thorough evaluation which leads to an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan developed for your specific injury. Airrosti is able to resolve most arm injuries and conditions within only three visits based on patient-reported outcomes.