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What causes arm pain?

Arm pain has a number of causes, including:


When should I see a doctor?

You should seek emergency medical treatment if:


How is arm pain diagnosed?

Diagnosis depends on the nature of your symptoms.

If you go to the hospital with severe arm pain and tightness in your chest, you will have a number of urgent tests to check if you are having a heart attack.

If you think you might have fractured your arm, your doctor is likely to refer you for an X-ray to see the bones inside your arm.

Otherwise, if you go to the doctor with pain that doesn’t seem to go away, you will need a thorough physical examination. This will look at where the pain is, when it occurs, and what movements are restricted due to the pain. You may then be referred for detailed scans, such as a CT scan or MRI scan, to look at the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your arm.

How is arm pain treated?

Most arm pain injuries can be treated at home, by making sure you:


You may need specific treatment depending on the cause:


· If a tendon has been ruptured or you suffer a complex fracture, it may be necessary to have orthopaedic surgery to make sure the arm heals properly