The arm consists of four major parts: the upper arm, forearm, wrist, and hand. In addition to the shoulder and elbow joints, there are various bones, muscles, nerves, and soft tissues that help your arm function as it should. This complex limb can leave many people confused when trying to locate the source of their arm pain.
Millions of Americans suffer every day with various degrees of arm pain that can range from a slight discomfort or radiating ache to a stabbing sensation that can render you unable to move.
On your own, it can be difficult to self-diagnose your source of pain if there is no direct trauma or injury. Common causes of arm pain can include repetitive motions or overuse injuries that can result in the carpal tunnel, tendinitis, or bursitis of the wrist, elbow, or shoulder. There can be numerous sources that may cause mysterious aches and pains in the arm including vertebral misalignments, arthritis, tears to tendons or ligaments, cramps, or muscle strain. Nerve irritation or damage is another source of pain as nerves provide feeling throughout the entire body and if inflamed or irritated can result in pain.
If you are experiencing arm pain in addition to chest pain, shortness of breath, or fatigue, you may be experiencing a heart attack and should seek immediate medical attention.
Rest and over-the-counter medication can offer relief temporarily, it does not treat the root source of your pain. Our team is highly trained and experienced in diagnosing and treating various issues related to arm pain. We will conduct a thorough medical examination that includes your medical history as well as any additional tests needed to determine the source. After a confirmed diagnosis, we will work with you to provide the best treatment plan for your needs and lifestyle.
Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. If you are experiencing arm pain, contact our office at (817) 431-1017.