Pain, Numbness, or Weakness in the Arm

Located in Red Bank, NJ, Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation provides real answers for patients with symptoms in the arms, shoulders, and neck. In particular, patients with pain, numbness, weakness, or other unusual sensation in the arm may be suffering the effects of referred pain. For example, some cases of arm pain may be the result of a herniated disc in the spine of the neck (the cervical spine). Other patients may be experiencing pain due to a direct trauma to the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, nerves, or other structures of the arm. This is often the case with patients who have suffered from an auto accident or sports injury.

Some patients with symptoms in the arms have experienced both a direct trauma to the arm as well as the cervical spine. A patient who has suffered a side-impact auto accident, for example, may have incurred injury in both the arm as well as whiplash in the neck. Both injuries can affect the arms.

Our NJ rehabilitation office has an in-house team of medical doctors (specialists in the treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems); a physical therapy department; Doctors of Chiropractic; and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture). In this way, we are able to offer every possible non-surgical method of relieving painful conditions and returning the body to normal movement.

Obtaining an accurate diagnosis is extremely important when unusual symptoms occur. Pain, weakness, and numbness in the arm must not be ignored.* We understand that many people are naturally fearful at the onset of strange physical sensations, and that knowledge is often the key not only to rehabilitation but also peace of mind. With this in mind, we have incorporated a number of diagnostic technologies in our office, including X-Ray, Fluoroscopy (moving, real-time x-ray), Electrodiagnostic Nerve Testing, and Ultrasound.

Weakness, pain, and/or numbness in the arm may be a sign of any of the following conditions:

Herniated/Bulged Spinal Disc. Disc injury or age-related degeneration in the cervical (neck) spine may cause pain, stiffness, weakness, numbness, or immobility in either or both arms. Such symptoms occur when herniated or bulged disc material impinges or irritates a nerve, thereby causing pain and other sensations to radiate along the pathway of the nerve. Numbness and pain may also be accompanied by ‘burning’ or ‘tingling’ feelings.

Whiplash. After any sort of trauma, including sports injuries, slips and falls, or an auto accident, arm pain may be the result of damage to the soft tissues of the neck.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This is a disorder that affects the wrists and hands. It is caused by the irritation of the median nerve. The median nerve runs through the wrist into the hand and is responsible for supplying sensation in the majority of the hand and fingers. Repetitive movements—such as typing—may cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Other causes include arthritis or injury. Common symptoms include the aforementioned numbness, weakness, and pain. Pain may travel up the arm to the shoulder and neck.

Other causes of pain and unusual sensation in the arms include:

Tendonitis

• Sprains and Strains

• Fracture

• Bursitis

Fibromyalgia

Arthritis

As mentioned above, Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation provides medical care, chiropractic, physical therapy, and acupuncture. Our office also offers an array of interventional pain management procedures. For example, patients suffering from arm pain related to a herniated cervical disc may benefit from an Epidural Steroid Injection while Fibromyalgia patients can take advantage of Trigger Point Injections.

In order to determine the cause of your symptoms, feel free to contact our NJ rehabilitation office today to schedule a consultation. Our pain management facility is located in Red Bank, NJ.

* Pain in either arm accompanied by chest pain and/or dizziness and nausea may be signs of a heart attack. Sudden numbness and/or weakness—particularly when experienced on one side of the body—may be related to stroke. Do not hesitate to contact emergency medical services in such cases.