Arm pain is an unpleasant sensation ranging 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 is also sometimes referred to as upper extremity pain, pain in arm, pain in upper limb, or pain of upper limb.
Arm pain can be caused by a wide variety of problems, ranging from joint injuries to compressed nerves. It may be caused by injury or overuse of the arm or components of the arm. In this case, once the problem is treated, the pain will resolve. Depending on the cause, arm pain can start suddenly or develop over time. In many cases, arm pain actually originates from a problem in your neck or upper spine.
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 and their bones and muscles are growing more quickly. They may also have arm problems for the same reasons as adults.
Symptoms that occur with arm pain include arm redness, arm stiffness, arm swelling, arm tenderness, and swollen lymph glands under the arm. Symptoms that occur with arm pain caused by heart disease include excessive sweating, nausea, difficulty breathing, palpitations, fainting, and chest pain.
The treatment for arm pain depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for arm pain may include rest, elevation, an elastic wrap, a splint or sling, cold compresses, acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain, and surgery.
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 are able to resolve most arm injuries and conditions within only three visits based on patient-reported outcomes.