We rely on our arms for most of our daily tasks. If an arm were to begin hurting, it would really affect how you go about your day, from performing household chores to completing your job assignments. Arm pain may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as soreness, stiffness, swelling, and the inability to move without eliciting pain.
If your arm pain was not preceded by an incident such as a collision or fall, it could be due to an underlying condition, such as one of the following:
Also known as impingement syndrome, bursitis of the shoulder is a type of overuse injury in the fluid-filled sacs that allow for smooth movement. Inflammation due to overuse or an infection may cause swelling of the bursa. Since there is little space for the bones and soft structures to move with a swollen bursa, it can cause pain when you move the shoulder and arm. Tennis play, painting, scrubbing, and raking are just a few of the most common causes of shoulder bursitis.
Another cause of arm pain is tendonitis — a type of overuse injury that inflames the tendons and produces painful symptoms. Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and swimmer’s shoulder are types of arm tendonitis. Sports and occupations that require repetitive motions, such as overhead reaching, can cause arm tendonitis.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The median nerve travels from your arm through your wrist, and when this nerve is compressed due to repetitive motions that involve extreme flexion and extension may result in the condition. The pain from carpal tunnel syndrome can start in the hand and wrist and travel up the arm. People who do office work or factory work that require finger and hand movements are vulnerable to developing this condition.
Also known as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder syndrome is often a result of an extended period of immobility. It causes your shoulder to “catch” when you move it. Recovery from an injury or surgical procedure may result in a frozen shoulder, and pain can radiate down the arm.
Within your shoulders are joints that are lined with protective cartilage. This cartilage can begin to wear out with age due to a condition called osteoarthritis. Patients with shoulder osteoarthritis can experience pain that radiates down to the arms. There is a misconception that osteoarthritis is a disease that affects older people only. However, younger people can also develop it, particularly those with a history of injuries that accelerate joint cartilage breakdown.
Arm Pain Relief in Austin, Texas
If your arm pain is not getting better and has started to majorly affect your home and work life, the pain management physicians at Balcones Pain Consultants can help to diagnose your condition and bring you relief through treatment. We use a combination of medications, topical therapies, alternative therapies, and physical therapy to provide immediate pain relief.
To request an appointment with our pain experts, call Balcones Pain Consultants at 512-834-4141 or submit a request now.