Arm pain, generally described as discomfort, stiffness or pain occurring anywhere between the shoulder and fingers, is usually triggered by an injury or overuse, but can also be linked to heart problems. While you can always rely on Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center to connect you with a participating physician experienced in treating hand and wrist pain, it helps to be aware of the common conditions that can cause arm pain.

Heart Conditions

A heart condition such as Angina and heart attack can cause pain in the left arm. People suffering from Angina experience a decreased blood flow to the heart leading to symptoms of pain and discomfort in the left arm and shoulder. Similarly, a heart attack induces sudden pain in one or both arms due to a blockage in the heart that stops blood from flowing into the muscles. Other symptoms of a heart condition include shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain or dizziness. These are all symptoms for which you should call 911.

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Sports Injuries

A broken bone, strain, sprain or tendinitis are classic examples of sports related injuries. Bruising, weakness and swelling right after a physical injury is a clear indication that something might be wrong. Pain or muscle spasms caused by injuries to the muscle (strain) and ligament (sprain) are often temporary and heal on their own. Tendinitis is a result of overuse or injury to the tendons leading to inflammation and pain in the arm.

Shoulder Injury

Rotator cuff injuries are a common shoulder condition that causes symptoms such as a dull ache and persistent weakness in the arms. Rotator cuff injuries happen when the muscles and tendons of the shoulder wear out over a period. In most cases, people performing regular overhead motions over a long time experience excessive wear and tear leading to a rotator cuff injury.

Hand and Wrist Pain

Overuse and performing a similar motion repeatedly over a long period of time can damage the nerves of the hands and wrists. Patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome commonly experience hand and wrist pain. Numbness, tingling sensation, pain and weakness in the arm are often experienced as a result of conditions affecting the hands and wrists.

Read Related: 5 Common Reasons Behind Hand and Wrist Pain

Autoimmune Diseases

A condition characterized by the body’s natural defense system attacking itself is known as an autoimmune disease. People suffering from autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, Jorgen’s syndrome and lupus can experience pain in their arms, hands and wrists.

Wrap Up

If you or a loved one has been experiencing arm pain or hand and wrist pain, it could be a sign of a more serious condition. Contact the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center, a trusted physician referral center in Plano, Texas, to connect with a participating physician who is experienced treating hand and wrist pain near you. To schedule an appointment, click here or call (888) 608-476.

NOTE: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.


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Kwame Ennin

Orthopedic SurgeonTexas Center for Joint ReplacementHip and Knee Replacement
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Richard D. Guyer

Orthopedic Spine SurgeonTexas Back InstituteSpine Surgery
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L.D. Jennings

Orthopedic SurgeonTexas Knee & SportsSports Medicine
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Christopher Miskovsky

Orthopaedic SurgeonTexas Orthopaedic AssociatesElbow, Hand and Wrist
Work Phone: 888-608-4762
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