Arm pain may result from several sources. It may be caused due to an injury, the result of a repetitive activity, or is referred from a different part of your body.
Causes of Arm Pain
There are lots of different causes of arm pain, all of which can lead to the symptoms listed above. To find out a full examination and sometimes x-rays will be needed. Here are just some of the possible causes:
o Epicondylitis: Repetitive strain injuries including golfers/tennis elbow,
o Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: pain in the wrist and hand
o Muscle strains or sprains
o Arthritis: wrist pain
Symptoms of an Arm Injury
If you have an injury in the arm, you might experience:
- Pain that varies in intensity, how often it occurs, and where it is located
- Sensations such as pins and needles, weakness or tingling.
- Arm aches
- Pain that affects the upper arm or lower arm
- Pain in the wrist
Treatments for Arm Pain
Once the root cause of the arm pain has been found, the best course of treatment and length of treatment can be planned.
- For localised tissue injury in muscle strains or sprains, or inflammation from arthritis laser therapy may be the best treatment option. The K Laser uses light energy to target an area at a deep, cellular level. The energy improves a cell’s ability to heal and regenerate without tissue damage or side effects. This process can also help in the development of blood vessels (neovascularisation) in the area, which increases blood flow and improves the body’s ability to heal.
- For muscle pain, spasms, or arm pain referred from a neck condition, shockwave therapy might be the most suitable treatment. Shockwave uses a light tapping motion (percussion) to help stimulate blood flow and break down scar tissue in the injured area.
- If the root cause of arm pain is a disc problem in the neck, spinal decompression is likely to be most effective. Spinal decompression provides gentle traction to the spine in a rhythmic cycle, in order to pump fluid and nutrients slowly back into the disc space. The desired result is a reduction of spinal disc pressure which creates an ideal environment for continued healing even after the treatment time has ended. Spinal decompression can be utilised for disc problems in the neck and low back.
How can I find the cause of my arm pain?
A full examination at a ProBack Clinic will find the cause of your pain. In most cases, the arm pain is the result of injuries, developed over time by repetitive straining activities, or referred from somewhere else in the body, like the neck.
How can shockwave therapy help with arm pain?
Shockwave’s percussive motion helps break down scar tissue and increase blood flow in the area of treatment. This encourages healing and allows increased movement of muscles and joints helping to reduce pain.
How can laser therapy help with arm pain?
Laser can be a useful tool in helping to kick-start the healing process in an injured area. Using light therapy, the K Laser increases the activity of cells, resulting in the regeneration of blood vessels in the injured area, which can improve the body’s natural healing abilities. In cases where slow healing can be an obstacle, laser therapy can be particularly helpful.
How can spinal decompression help with pain in the arm?
It can be confusing to think a treatment for the spine could possibly help with arm pain. Pain in the arm could happen as a result of a disc problem in the neck, for instance degeneration or dehydrated discs. In these cases, relieving the arm pain can only be achieved by improving the condition of the neck. Spinal decompression uses a gentle amount of a patient’s body weight to perform a gentle stretch. This helps relieve pressure and allow for nutrients and fluid to re-enter and pumped through the disc space.
“I feel much better and fit!”
“My pain disappeared“
“I was shocked at the difference after my first session.”