Arm pain can be linked to several factors, whether they are internal or external sources of pain.
Pain in the arm may be experienced as being discomfort, stiffness, soreness, numbness, aching or may limit your arm mobility. This pain can sometimes affect the use of one’s fingers and hands.
ARM PAIN CAN STEM FROM:
Physical injuries may be incurred through sports and other activities that involve liberal movement of the arm or arms. According to Ohio State University, 6 million people in the United States break a bone each year. This can include:
- Broken or fractured bones, which may result in swelling, tenderness, numbness, weakness, immobility and bruising.
- Strained muscle or sprained ligament in the arm, which may result in pain, swelling, tenderness, bruising, weakness, stiffness, limited mobility, and spasms in the muscle. These injuries don’t usually require medical attention and often heal on their own. However, in severe cases where pain is extreme, seek medical attention immediately.
- Tendinitis, which occurs when there is inflammation in the band of tissues connecting muscles to bones, also called tendons, which are found in the shoulders and arms. Tennis players often get tendinitis, or “tennis elbow,” due to injuries sustained from the overuse of their shoulders, elbows and wrists.
- Rotator cuff injury, which happens when the tendons in the shoulder area begin to wear or tear from excessive overhead motions, or repetitive motions that require arm lifting at the shoulder where the rotator cuff is located. These symptoms may be felt as a dull ache or pain, sudden inability to lift the arm far from the body, or weakness. The pain can be severe and constant, which may require physical therapy.
- Carpal tunnel, which is damage that occurs in the wrist from repetitive movements such as typing for hours at a desk, which causes nerve damage in your hand that can lead to numbness, weakness, tingling sensations and general pain.
- Pinched nerve, which can result in numbness, tingling or weakness.
Herniated disk, which occurs when occurs when the cartilage or cushioning between the vertebrae in the neck is ruptured, leading to a searing or burning pain, numbness, weakness or sharp pain.
- Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Jorgen’s syndrome, which are diseases in which your body attack its own immune system. This can cause pain in neck, arms, elbows, hands and wrists.
Pain in the left arm can manifest from heart disease or a heart condition. If you experience pain in one or both arms and/or the shoulder area, accompanied with chest pain (Angina), seek immediate medical attention. Heart attacks (myocardial infarction) may produce these symptoms when the oxygen supply to the heart is low or completely cut off, preventing proper blood flow and oxygen to the heart. This occurs when a blood clot blocks the coronary artery, depriving the heart muscle of the blood and oxygen, which can result in the damage or death of the heart muscle.
Often times, the pain of a heart attack, or angina pectoris, may cause arm pain that radiates to the shoulder area.
Otherwise, arm pain management is usually sought for patients who suffer from injury of the skin, blood vessels, nerves, bones, joints, soft tissues, fractures, sprains, muscle strains, or diseases like vascular disease or arthritis.
ARM PAIN TREATMENT
Dr. Gohel’s professional training and expertise are committed to getting you on the right path towards arm pain relief and management. The first step is for Dr. Gohel to thoroughly review your medical history and perform a physical exam. Next is to diagnose the condition and determine the most effective route for treatment tailored to your specific needs. Here are some pain management treatment options we offer that are effective in arm pain relief:
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- Facet Joint Injections
- Nerve Root Injections
- Spinal Cord Stimulation
- Sacroiliac Joint Block
Contact Dr. Gohel and her team of trained and experienced pain management specialists at Pain Specialist Houston are committed to finding the right pain-relief treatment for you.