Conditions: ARM PAIN
Pain in the arm can be caused by a condition in the neck. Compression or irritation of the nerves that start at the neck and travel down the arms can cause radiating pain from the neck to the finger tips. Typically described as an aching, burning, numb or tingling sensation down the arm. The neck or cervical nerve roots can become inflamed or compressed by a bulging, ruptured cervical disc or from narrowing of the spinal canal or the opening where the nerve leaves the spine itself - also known as cervical radiculopathy.
People commonly overuse or irritate tendons or bursas the elbow which can lead to arm pain. Pain at the outside portion of the elbow or on the inner portion of the elbow are frequently diagnosed as tennis elbow or golfers elbow, respectively.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
As the name suggests, CPRS is a complex syndrome of pain issues that affects a region of the body, like the arm. Commonly associated with an injury, small or large, that leads to pain that is out of proportion to the "healed" injury. Patients with CRPS often have symptoms of unexplained and sudden swelling and temperature changes, skin and/or nail changes, significant sensitivity to touch, and severe pain.
Commonly referred to as whole body pain, fibromyalgia symptoms often include significant aching pain in the arms and/or legs. Fibromyalgia is often associated with difficultly sleeping and debilitating fatigue.
There are a number of nerves that travel along the arms that can become inflamed or compressed - resulting in arm pain. Patients sometimes have focal pain and numbness from the inner elbow to the pinky, that may be associated with compression or irritation of the ulnar nerve as it passes by the elbow - also known as cell phone elbow. Numbness, tingling and pain at the wrist and fingers may be associate with compression or inflammation along the median nerve at the wrist - also known as carpal tunnel syndrome.