This blog was written by John Cybulski, DC. He discusses some common causes of arm pain while sharing a few tips to keep your arms healthy and pain free.
Have you been waking up with arm pain lately? Does the pain appear as you’re waking 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 deal with an overuse injury.
Why Does My Arm Hurt?
Our bodies have limits. The body’s heart can only beat so fast, and 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, if you’re in pain, which anatomical limits are you pushing?
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.
The question then remains, what muscular or joint dysfunctions might contribute to your arm pain?
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, then it’s very possible there are underlying muscular imbalances that are causing your arm pain. You may overuse your stronger muscles to compensate for weakness in other muscles. By overcompensating for your body’s lack of strength, you put undue stress on those muscles and risk 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 don’t consider their neck or shoulder problems may contribute to their arm pain since it’s a distinct part of the body. We often call this “referred pain,” as pain from previous injuries will subtly radiate to nearby areas of the body as we sleep. Sometimes the referred pain may appear to be a separate injury.
How to Fix Your Arm Pain Fast
Your muscles are capable of 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 own body’s limits is an important step in avoiding injuries that can lead to pain. Learning how to correct muscular imbalances as they appear is crucial to swift and effective pain relief.
Fortunately, the best solutions are often the simplest. If you know a muscle is holding too much tension, you can stretch it. Or, if you notice some muscles are weaker than others, you can do exercises to strengthen them.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I believe in finding and fixing the cause of pain, rather than simply treating the symptoms. If you wake up with arm pain that’s too much to bear, I encourage you to seek your nearest Airrosti provider. Our providers seek to resolve injuries like arm pain at the source to help bring fast, effective relief. We also provide tools and resources to help you address problem areas as they appear, so you can keep doing the things you love pain free.
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