Know the Possible causes of your arm pain

Arm pain commonly arises from injury or sudden falls, it is usually controlled by taking proper rest and over the counter pain killers. If you suddenly experience arm pain and with no serious cause you can ease it with traditional treatments such as

  • Treating with an ice pack for 15 to 20 minutes every few hours
  • Taking pain killers
  • Resting the arm in a raised position to reduce swelling and pain

When to see your doctor 

If your arm pain does alleviate after a couple of days, or the redness and inflammation, increase you must consult your physician immediately. You must consult your doctor if:

  • If your arm pain is caused by workout and is relieved by resting it may be the sign of angina pains and restricted blood supply
  • You might feel your arm is broken or dislocated
  • Your arm has become red, warm and swollen within a couple of hours it means that you may have developed an infection
  • The pain suddenly arises and you may feel excessive pressure on your heart
  • The arm becomes deformed


Common causes of arm pain

The arm pain can be caused by several reasons;

  • A muscle spasm
  • Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
  • Bursitis
  • Pinched nerves
  • Strains caused by repetitive movements

Simple sprains

A common condition causing arm pain by stretching the tissues, torn tendons or spasm, but the tissues aren’t completely damaged. You can reduce sprains by avoiding intense activities using your arm, and treating with ice pack and resting when the arm pain arise

Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow

These conditions are similar and both the conditions cause pain around, internal and external of the elbow. These conditions are usually reported after exhaustive activities, and repetitive use of the muscles and tendons surrounding the elbow joint. Most common among the tennis and golf players. This type of arm pain can be chronic and may last up to several weeks


Aggressive and repeated movements of the arm can generate and deposit fluids around the elbow joint. The condition is called bursitis causing severe pain and inflammation. In most circumstances bursitis can be easily treated with painkillers and traditional home remedies. However, in case of any infections the use of antibiotics is necessary. The arm pain caused may last up two weeks, but the swelling may take time to recover

Less commonly, arm pain may be caused by one of the following conditions or injuries:

  • Inflammation of the tendons on the inside of the wrist
  • Cervical rib; where you have an extra rib above your normal top rib, which may cause pain, tingling or numbness in the arm
  • Inflammation of the nerves in the arm damage to the nerves connecting the spine and the arthritis of the elbow; which can cause the elbow joint to become inflamed and feel stiff
  • A broken arm, usually caused by a fall onto an outstretched arm