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Arm Pain

Arm Pain

Arm Pain Services located in Atlanta, GA

Arm pain makes even simple tasks like driving or picking up objects difficult. At Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, pain management specialists Kevin McCowan, MD, and Carisa Hines, MD, bring years of experience to diagnosing and treating arm pain. Often, healthy lifestyle changes and minimally invasive therapies provide lasting relief. Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to schedule an arm pain appointment, or book your visit online.

Arm Pain Q & A

What is arm pain?

Arm pain is discomfort, aching, or soreness in any part of the arm, including your wrist, elbow, and shoulder.

Most people experience arm pain occasionally due to injury, overuse, or general wear-and-tear. It usually improves with rest and over-the-counter pain medication. But if your symptoms continue, contact Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute.

What are the symptoms of arm pain?

Arm pain symptoms include:

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness or bruising
  • Swollen lymph nodes under the arm

Depending on the cause of your arm pain, it might be difficult to raise your arm or complete other activities.

What causes arm pain?

Arm pain occurs for various reasons, including:

  • Broken bones (fractures)
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tendinitis
  • Sprains
  • Pinched nerves

Sometimes, arm pain occurs due to a chronic medical condition, like arthritis and fibromyalgia.

When should I see a pain specialist about arm pain?

Make an appointment at Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute if your arm pain doesn’t improve with at-home care, like ice, rest, and activity changes. That’s particularly true if the pain comes with symptoms like redness, swelling, or limited mobility.

How is arm pain diagnosed?

Your Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and examines your arm. They check your skin for bruising, redness, and swelling and gently press your arm to identify sensitive areas.

Your provider has you lift your arms and do simple exercises to assess your strength and range of motion. They order bloodwork and diagnostic imaging to rule out underlying medical problems, like joint swelling and broken bones.

After identifying the cause of your arm pain, your provider makes personalized treatment recommendations.

How is arm pain treated?

Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute uses a conservative, minimally invasive approach to treating arm pain. Your provider could recommend:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Prescription pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Activity changes
  • Regenerative medicine (for example, platelet-rich plasma therapy PRP)
  • Immobilization with a cast or splint

It could take trial and error to determine the best treatment. Most arm pain improves within a few weeks. But if your symptoms worsen, your Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute provider can refer you to an orthopedic surgeon.

Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to receive treatment for arm pain, or book your appointment online.