Arm Pain

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Arm Pain & Injury

Arm Pain

Arm pain and injuries are extremely common. Arm pain can occur as a result of sports injuries, work injuries or simply everyday arm use. Arm pain can be a local injury or referred from your neck (cervical radiculopathy). This can result in neck-arm pain. Left arm pain can even be an early sign of a life-threatening cardiac issue, so an accurate history and diagnosis are important to the best management of your arm pain. It may even be life-saving!

Luckily most arm pain is not life-threatening and is simply a local musculoskeletal injury. But even then, arm pain caused by local muscle, tendon or joint injury is obviously going to respond to local treatment whereas a cervical radiculopathy will require neck treatment. 

The most common sources of arm pain include shoulder pain, wrist pain and elbow pain. Shoulder pain is most commonly caused by your rotator cuff or frozen shoulder. Elbow pain commonly falls into the tennis elbow or golfers elbow group of conditions depending upon its location. Wrist pain can be related to carpal tunnel, wrist arthritis or even a thumb tendon condition known as de Quervain's tenosynovitis.

As you see the cause of your arm pain can be wide and varied. An accurate diagnosis from a suitably qualified health practitioner is highly recommended to determine what is wrong and what is the best treatment path for you.

Arm pain and injury normally respond favourably to medical or physiotherapy intervention when early treatment is sought. Please do not delay in consulting your healthcare practitioner or physiotherapist if you experience arm pain. 

Causes of Arm Pain by Region

Causes of Arm Pain by Structure

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Common Causes of Arm Pain

Neck-related Arm Pain

Shoulder-related Arm Pain

Elbow-related Arm Pain

Wrist-related Arm Pain

Hand-related Arm Pain

Muscle-related Arm Pain

Other Sources of Arm Pain

Common Arm Pain Treatments

With accurate assessment and early treatment, most arm injuries respond extremely quickly to physiotherapy or medical care allowing you to quickly resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living.

Please ask you physiotherapist for their professional treatment advice.

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Arm Pain Treatment Options

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Scapular Stabilisation Exercises
  • Rotator Cuff Exercises
  • Shoulder Exercises
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Eccentric Strengthening
  • Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Brace or Support
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Neurodynamics
  • Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation (PIM)
  • Prehabilitation
  • Scapulohumeral Rhythm Exercises
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
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    Last updated 11-Aug-2017 02:00 PM

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