Upper Extremity Pain
Upper extremity pain may be felt in the shoulder, arm, forearm, wrist, and hand. A wide range of conditions and injuries may cause upper extremity pain.
Symptoms of Upper Extremity Pain
Patients experiencing upper extremity pain may also have the following symptoms:
Numbness and tingling
Tenderness or warmth caused by inflammation
Pain that worsens during certain activities
Patients experiencing upper extremity pain or any of the above symptoms should visit Las Vegas Primary Care for diagnosis and treatment.
Causes of Upper Extremity Pain
A range of injuries or conditions can cause upper extremity pain:
Acute fractures and stress fractures
Muscle strains and tears
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Shoulder impingement syndrome
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
Ganglion cysts of the hand
Rotator cuff tears
Osteoarthritis of the shoulder
SLAP Tear (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior Tear)
Risk Factors For Upper Extremity Pain
The following occupations, activities, sports, and conditions can increase the risk of developing pain in the upper extremities:
Lifting heavy objects
Prior injury to the shoulder
Working with vibrating tools
Playing racket sports, baseball, volleyball, and swimming
Occupations such as typing, painting, carpentry, window washing, and plumbing
The right treatment for upper extremity pain will depend on the severity of symptoms and the patient’s unique condition. At Las Vegas Primary Care, patients may be treated with joint and soft tissue injections, pain management therapy, and occupational medicine.
Joint and soft tissue injections offered at Las Vegas Primary Care may help alleviate upper extremity pain. Pain management therapy may encompass a range of treatments, such as hot and cold therapy, massage, acupuncture, deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, cognitive behavior therapy, yoga, tai chi, meditation, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, opioids, antidepressants, and beta-blockers.
Some forms of upper extremity pain may interfere with daily life and impair a survivor’s ability to perform job duties. In these cases, occupational medicine could help the patient adjust to the demands of the workplace as they recover.
Staff at Las Vegas Primary Care are also trained to help employers make reasonable accommodations in the workplace for employees experiencing upper extremity pain. Occupational medicine specialists can help both employers and injured employees create a plan that will meet their needs.
Some patients may need advanced treatment to treat severe cases of upper extremity pain. Advanced treatment may include chiropractic adjustment, physical therapy, and even surgery. Patients are encouraged to speak to their physician at Las Vegas Primary Care to learn more about advanced treatment for upper extremity pain.
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