Arm pain is frequently defined as stiffness, aching, or discomfort occurring between your shoulder joint and your wrist. The pain may range from mild to severe, depending on the cause. It may also be accompanied by other symptoms, such as swelling, stiffness, tenderness, or discolouration.
What is causing your arm pain?
There are numerous reasons that could be contributing to your arm pain. Frequently, arm pain is caused by a muscle strain, a ligament sprain, tendonitis, a rotator cuff injury, or carpal tunnel syndrome. A muscle strain or ligament sprain can occur due to overuse or injury. Tendonitis frequently occurs at the elbow or wrist and is often due to overuse. For example, using a hammer for long durations involves the constant use of your elbow. This can lead to an aggravated and inflamed tendon, causing arm pain. A rotator cuff injury can cause pain to radiate down the arm – such as numbness, weakness, or a dull aching sensation. Carpal tunnel syndrome may create arm pain at the wrist.
Another, often overlooked, cause of arm pain is angina or a heart attack. If you are experiencing sudden pain in your left arm, have shortness of breath, dizziness, and chest pain, call 911. Get immediate medical help – it could potentially save your life.
What can you do to relieve your arm pain?
Get your arm pain checked out by your doctor, physical therapist, or massage therapist. They can help diagnose your pain, as well as determine an appropriate treatment plan.
Massage therapy, in particular, can help increase blood flow to the affected area. Increased blood flow can help bring the necessary cells to aid in healing. Massage techniques can also help relax and soothe tight muscles. For more information on how massage therapy can help you and your arm pain, click the BOOK NOW button below. At Athlete’s Choice Massage, we want you to get back to living your best life.