Understand Your Arm Pain

Arm pain can significantly impact your quality of life, affecting everything from simple daily activities to your ability to perform at work or enjoy hobbies. At Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles, we are committed to helping individuals in Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area alleviate their arm pain through expert, tailored care.
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Why Does Arm Pain Occur? 

Arm pain can arise from a multitude of sources, often related to overuse, injury, or underlying medical conditions that affect the complex structure of bones, joints, muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments in the arm.

Common culprits include tendonitis, where repetitive motion leads to tendon inflammation; nerve compression disorders like carpal tunnel or cubital tunnel syndrome, which cause pain along the arm; fractures that result in severe pain and require immediate care; and arthritis, which affects the joints and can cause pain and reduced mobility.

Properly diagnosing the root cause of arm pain is crucial for determining the most effective treatment and ensuring a swift recovery.

When Should You Contact A Doctor

It's crucial to seek medical attention if your pain is severe, persistent, or comes with additional symptoms like numbness, weakness, or swelling. Similarly, if the pain is a result of an injury or hasn't improved after a few days of home remedies, we recommend contacting our office for a consultation. 

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What Causes Arm Pain?

Arm pain can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from acute injuries to chronic conditions. Understanding the common causes of arm pain is crucial for diagnosis and effective treatment. 

  • Arthritis: Inflammatory condition affecting joints, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can impact the arm's joints, leading to chronic discomfort.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Compression of the median nerve in the wrist, resulting in pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm.
  • Elbow Pain: Can stem from various issues like golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow, often related to overuse or strain on the elbow’s tendon connections.
  • Labral Tear: Damage to the labrum, the cartilage that stabilizes the shoulder joint, often causing pain and discomfort in the shoulder and upper arm.
  • Muscle Strain: Overuse or injury to arm muscles can lead to strains, causing pain, weakness, and reduced mobility.
  • Rotator Cuff Tear: Tears in the rotator cuff muscles and tendons which can result in severe pain and weakness in the shoulder.
  • Tendonitis: Inflammation of tendons, typically due to repetitive stress or sudden injury, leading to pain at the affected area, commonly in the shoulder or elbow.
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How To Manage Arm Pain At Home

Rest and Modify Activities

Avoid activities that exacerbate the pain, allowing your arm to rest and recover. If certain movements trigger discomfort, try modifying your technique or using supportive tools.

Ice and Heat Therapy:

Apply ice packs for the first 48 hours to reduce inflammation and numb the area. Afterward, switch to heat therapy to increase blood flow, relax muscles, and promote healing.

Stretches & Exercises

Once the initial pain subsides, incorporate gentle stretches and strengthening exercises into your routine. This can help improve flexibility, range of motion, and muscle strength, reducing the risk of future pain.

Maintain Good Posture

Pay attention to your posture throughout the day, ensuring your shoulders are relaxed and your back is straight. Poor posture can strain your neck, shoulders, and arms, contributing to pain.

Preventing and Diagnosing Arm Pain

Preventing arm pain includes maintaining proper ergonomics, avoiding repetitive strain, and using protective gear during physical activities to prevent injuries. Ensuring ergonomic setups at workstations and during daily activities can significantly reduce the risk of developing arm pain. 

Diagnosing arm pain typically involves a thorough physical examination to assess the affected area, followed by imaging studies like X-rays or MRIs to identify structural issues. In some cases, nerve conduction studies may be conducted to evaluate nerve function and pinpoint the exact cause of pain, enabling precise and effective treatment planning.

Arm Pain Treatment At Spine & Pain Institute LA

At Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles, we offer a comprehensive range of treatments for arm pain, utilizing various approaches depending on the patient's symptoms and diagnosis.

Specialized Treatments Offered:
  • Steroid Injections
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Medication Management
  • Multidisciplinary Approach
  • Physical Therapy

At Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles, we offer a comprehensive range of treatments for arm pain, utilizing various approaches depending on the patient's symptoms and diagnosis.

Common Symptoms of Arm Pain

Symptoms of arm pain may include localized discomfort, swelling, restricted movement, or sensations such as tingling or numbness extending to the hands.

Arm pain can vary widely, showing symptoms based on its cause:

  • Pain: Ranges from a dull ache to sharp or stabbing sensations, which may change with movement or during rest.
  • Swelling: Indicates inflammation or injury, possibly affecting part or all of the arm.
  • Numbness/Tingling: Suggests nerve issues, occurring with or without pain.
  • Weakness: Reduces strength, complicating tasks like lifting or gripping.
  • Limited Motion: Pain or stiffness may hinder normal arm movements.
  • Stiffness: Common in arthritis, making movement difficult after inactivity.
  • Bruising: Likely from trauma, visible on the arm.

These symptoms aid in diagnosing arm pain. Persistent or worsening symptoms should prompt a medical consultation to identify the cause and prevent further issues.

Take Control of Your Arm Pain Today!

Are you ready to alleviate your arm pain and restore your mobility? At Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles, we've successfully helped numerous individuals in Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles areas find relief from persistent arm pain.

Don’t let arm pain limit your life any longer. Schedule Your Consultation Now and begin your journey to recovery with our comprehensive treatment plans. Whether you need physical therapy, medication management, innovative injection therapies, or even surgical intervention, we are here to support you every step of the way.
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