Any kind of discomfort in arm pain or simply an arm pain could be related to an injury or overuse. For instance injuries in tennis elbow, trauma to the arm, arthritis, bruises, pulled muscles or other conditions.
In addition to all the above, Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD); is a painful condition following an injury that may cause prolonged arm pain. Its symptoms include pain, swelling, skin discoloration, hypersensitivity to touch, reduced range of motion and muscle weakness.
The cause that can lead to arm pain
Being the body’s most active joint, the shoulder tends get more over-used and injured as compared to any other body part. Some possible causes of arm pain are:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sprains and strains
- Herniated disk
- Bone fractures
- Rotator cuff injury
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
- Nerve damage (ulnar neuropathy, etc.)
- Or an acute injury such as:
- A sudden injury will occur from a fall on an out stretched arm
- A direct blow to the shoulder
- Abnormal twisting of the shoulder
- Bending of the shoulder
The result of any of these would be bruises or swelling in the presence of a severe pain. In case the nerves or blood vessels have been pinched or injured then the shoulder, arm or hand may feel numb, tingly weak or cold or else it may look pale or blue.
For more information regarding Arm Pain and how it should be treated, feel free to call our office at 815-464-7212.