Causes of Arm Pain

Causes of Arm Pain Arm pain

Arm pain is the discomfort in any of the arms or on both the arms. Arms are formed by bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, blood vessels etc. any damage or tear to any of these may cause severe to mild pain in the arms. Instead of this there are other conditions also that may cause pain in the arms.

Pain may affect any part of your arm starting from the shoulder to the fingers.

Causes of Arm Pain

Bone Fracture

Any fracture of the arm bones resulting from an accident or sports injury may cause severe pain and then you need medical care immediately. If you have a fracture most probably you may have swelling in the affected area accompanied with pain.

Ligament and Tendon Problems

Any wear and tear to the ligaments and tendons may also cause arm pain. This pain may aggravate if you tried to move your arm.

Brachial Plexus Injury

Continuous or repetitive stress on the arms can cause pain in wrist and upper arm. This is because frequent stress may injure brachial plexus which is the nerve network in the shoulder and neck. These nerves carry the impulses between arms and spinal cord.


Any inflammation to the bursa which is a small fluid-filled sac located between the joints may also cause arm pain. It can be a result of injury or rheumatoid arthritis.

Burner/ Stinger

This is otherwise called stinger which is a sports injury resulting while stretching your neck and head away from the shoulder. This may cause a weakness through out your arm or even cause a shocking sensation in the arm.

Heart Attack

Sometimes heart attack causes a radiating pain in the left arm. At times it may affect the right arm also.

Carpel Tunnel syndrome

Carpel tunnel syndrome is a problem affecting the people who work continuously on computers. Carpel tunnel is a narrow passage bound by ligaments and bones and is seen on the wrist. It protects the main nerve and nine tendons that help you to bend your fingers. Excessive pressure on this nerve may cause pain, numbness and weakness on the hand.

Other causes of arm pain include pinched nerve, cellulites, peripheral vascular disease etc.