The Comprehensive Centers for Pain Management
Arm & Elbow Pain
Pain in the arm including upper arm pain can be soft tissue such as a muscle strain or a broken arm is one of the more severe causes of arm pain include fractures of any of the three bones although the radius and ulna in the forearm are more commonly fractured.
The elbow is a fairly stable joint and so traumatic injuries to the joint are not that common. Direct impacts and large forces may cause fractures or dislocations but these are not common injuries and require a lot of force.
Injuries to either of the supporting ligaments (medial ligament or lateral ligament) on either side of the joint may occur, usually when the forearm is forced in the opposite direction to the upper arm.
Overuse injuries are far more common at the elbow, especially tendinopathy conditions known as Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis). Tendinopathy of the biceps tendon can also occur, as can triceps tendinopathy.
Some Common Symptoms of Arm & Elbow Injury
- Swelling & or Bruising
- Pain on bending the elbow against resistance
- Pain increases with activity
- Pain on bending the wrist down against resistance
- Pain in the elbow joint
- Difficulty fully straightening the arm
- Tingling in the hand/forearm
- Pain radiating into the upper arm
- Weakness with gripping
- Symptoms worst at night
Getting a Diagnosis for your Arm & Elbow Pain
If you have tingling, numbness, or pain in your arm or elbow, see a doctor. He or she will take your medical history, examine you, and possibly perform tests. These may include X-rays, imaging scans, or blood tests. After the examination the pain management doctors and pain management professionals at CC4PM will clearly explain to you the condition, possible sources of your pain and which pain treatment will help elevate your pain along with possible course of action and next steps.
Our Doctor will help determine the best course of action to help you with your arm and elbow pain.
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