Arm Pain

Arm pain is any type of pain or discomfort in the arm that is considered the area from the shoulder joint to the wrist joint. Your arms are constructed of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels, all of which are subject to injury, infection, or other conditions that can be painful. However, arm pain doesn’t have to originate in your arm; spinal problems or injuries can cause pain that you feel in your arm but that actually arises in your neck and upper back. Pain that extends into your left arm could even be a signs, which indicates heart attack.

Symptoms:

• Cramps

• Muscle weakness

• Twitching

• Increased skin temperature

• Swelling (refer to Arm Swelling)

• Itching

• Heat

• Change in skin color

 Common causes of arm pain include:

• Brachial plexus injury

• Broken arm

• Broken wrist/broken hand

• Bursitis

• Cancer (malignancy), primary or metastatic

• Carpal tunnel syndrome

• De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

• Herniated disk

• Rotator cuff injury

• Sprains and strains

• Tendinitis

• Tennis elbow

• Thoracic outlet syndrome

• Ulnar nerve entrapment

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

Arm Pain Remedies:

* To get relief from the pain, use an ice compress and press it on the affected area 2,3 times a day.

* Keep your arm lifted to reduce the amount of swelling in your arm.

* Try to rest the arm and use it least possible.

* If the arm has swelled, then it must be kept elevated. This position would help in the reduction of the swelling of the arm.

* To heal your arm faster, rest your arm by taking a break from your normal activities.

* The arm must be in a neutral position and one must not feel that they are stuck up into the shoulders. The wrists must be kept relaxed.

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