Arm Pain

Arm pain is any type of pain or discomfort in the arm, which is considered the area from the shoulder joint to the wrist joint. Your arms are made up of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels, all of which are subject to injury, infection, or other conditions that can be painful.

Arm pain may arise from various injuries or conditions including:

  • Broken bone or stress fracture
  • Bruises
  • Neck, shoulder or arm injury
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Sprains and strains
  • Bursitis (inflammation of a bursa sac that cushions a joint)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cervical spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal with compression of the spinal   cord and nerves in the neck)
  • Herniated disc in the neck
  • Nerve entrapment or compression, such as may affect the ulnar nerve in the arm
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis (inflammation of a tendon), such as tennis elbow
  • Bone tumor (malignant or benign)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (often triggered by trauma or nerve damage)
  • Heart attack

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