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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

  • Persistent swelling

  • Stiffness

  • Pain that worsens during certain activities

Digital illustration of upper extremity pain in the wrist
Physician evaluating female patient’s upper extremity pain

Patients experiencing upper extremity pain or any of the above symptoms should visit Central Nevada Regional Care for diagnosis and treatment.

Causes of Upper Extremity Pain

A range of injuries or conditions can cause upper extremity pain:

  • Tennis elbow

  • Golfer’s elbow

  • Acute fractures and stress fractures

  • Muscle strains and tears

  • Shoulder dislocations

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  • Shoulder impingement syndrome

  • Bursitis

  • Carpal tunnel

  • Trigger finger

  • 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)

  • Tendonitis

Risk Factors For Upper Extremity Pain

The following occupations, activities, sports, and conditions can increase the risk of developing pain in the upper extremities:

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  • Diabetes

  • Arthritis

  • Gardening

  • 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

Treatment Options

The right treatment for upper extremity pain will depend on the severity of symptoms and the patient’s unique condition. At Central Nevada Regional Care, patients may be treated with joint and soft tissue injections, pain management therapy, and occupational medicine.

 

Joint and soft tissue injections offered at Central Nevada Regional 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 Central Nevada Regional 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.

Advanced Treatment

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 Central Nevada Regional Care to learn more about advanced treatment for upper extremity pain.


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