You can experience arm pain for several different reasons. It could be the result of a sports or vehicular accident, an overuse injury, or a medical condition. Arm pain can not only disrupt your ability to carry out everyday activities, it can also significantly affect your overall wellbeing. Identifying the cause of the pain can help to ensure a successful recovery and get you back to doing the things you enjoy, pain free in no time.
Arm pain can occur anywhere between your shoulders and your fingers and can be due to several reasons. The most common causes of arm pain include:
Tendons are the strong tissues that connect muscles to adjacent bones. If they get injured or damaged, it can cause loss of movement, pain, and swelling. Tendon injuries can include tendonitis (inflammation or irritation of the tendon tissue) and tears, which may occur through trauma, overuse, repetitive movements, or arthritis. The wrist, elbow, and shoulder are commonly affected.
A Sprain or Strain
If you over-stretch or tear your ligaments, it can result in a sprain. Ligaments are the tough bands of tissue that connect two bones together to give them stability. Sprains can cause symptoms like swelling, pain, bruising, limited movement around the joint, and sometimes, a popping sensation at the time of injury.
A strain happens when muscles or tendons get overstretched or torn. A strain can occur suddenly or over time. It can cause symptoms such as pain, swelling, bruising, and limited movement. You may also feel tenderness, muscle weakness, spasms, or cramping.
Nerve Conditions and Injuries
Nerves transmit messages from your brain to other parts of the body, allowing them to move. They also send sensory information, allowing you to feel pain, pressure, and temperature. Nerve injuries can result from cuts, pressure, or over-stretching. If bones or tissues press against or compress a nerve, it means they cannot transmit signals correctly. This can lead to a lack of sensation and/or movement, pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness.
Your arm can be vulnerable to injury while playing sports. Sports injuries can range from sprains and fractures (broken bones) to dislocated elbows or shoulders. They can cause pain, swelling, bruising, and reduced mobility in the arm. In the case of dislocations and fractures, sports injuries can also cause severe pain, arm deformity, and an inability to move. A dislocation or fracture requires prompt medical treatment.
Arthritis negatively impacts the health of joints and often affects the elbow, shoulder, and hands. Common symptoms include pain, stiffness, loss of function, and immobility in the joint. There are two main types of arthritis:
- Rheumatoid arthritis – A long-term, progressive disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the membrane that protects and lines joints
- Osteoarthritis – often resulting from overuse and wear and tear injuries. It causes the cartilage that cushions and protects the ends of bones to breakdown, resulting in painful bone on bone rubbing.
Kamerlink Pain Institute in Boca Raton, Florida
If you have pain in your arm or anywhere else in the body, contact Kamerlink Pain Institute for the relief you need to return to your normal lifestyle. We focus on compassionate, effective, interventional pain management that includes non-opioid medications, pain-relieving injections, and minimally invasive procedures.
Contact us today at (561) 404-7667 to find out more about the services we offer.