Article by John Miller
Arm Pain & Injury
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
Common Causes of Arm Pain
Neck-related Arm Pain
Shoulder-related Arm Pain
- AC Joint Injury
- Bicep Tendonitis
- Broken Shoulder - Fractured Humerus
- Bursitis Shoulder
- Dislocated Shoulder
- Frozen Shoulder
- Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendinitis
- Rotator Cuff Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Shoulder Arthritis
- Shoulder Impingement
- Shoulder Tendonitis
- Swimmer's Shoulder
Elbow-related Arm Pain
Wrist-related Arm Pain
Hand-related Arm Pain
Muscle-related Arm Pain
- DOMS - Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
- Muscle Strain (Muscle Pain)
- RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury
- Overuse Injuries
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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