Arm Pain


While arm pain can result from injury, or even sedentary activities such as sitting at a computer for long periods of time, the cause could be the result of underlying conditions in other areas of the body that need to be resolved. Pain in specific fingers, for example, can result from pinching of nerves adjacent to given vertebrae and discs in the neck. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, tendonitis, arthritis, tennis elbow, etc. can also cause arm pain.

Diagnosing Arm Pain:

To diagnose arm pain and the conditions that may be causing it, a patient's medical history, including possible recent injuries, will be examined. Imaging tests like X-rays or MRIs might also be administered.


In many cases of arm pain, the complaint disappears when the underlying condition is addressed, for instance surgery to correct carpal tunnel syndrome. If the pain is due to brachial neuralgia, however, it can last for weeks or even months. A patient’s best course of action is to seek treatment early in the condition rather than “waiting for it to get better.”

Normally anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers, and topical analgesics are used to manage pain and accompanying stiffness and tenderness. Bed rest may be indicated, along with heat application, gentle massage, and potentially light physical therapy. Since all cases are unique to the individual, treatment and management varies widely.


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