Shoulder, Arm, and Hand Pain

Shoulder, Arm, and Hand Pain

Pain in the shoulders and arms can be exhausting in addition to being painful. The act of reaching, typing, or carrying even the smallest object can be excruciating. Pain in the hands is just as debilitating and can affect even the most menial of tasks, like holding a glass, picking up a pen, or manipulating your computer’s mouse. The causes of these types of pain are varied and may include rotator cuff or inflammatory conditions, muscle spasms, or arthritis. Carolinas Pain Center can evaluate your shoulder, arm, or hand pain and get you started on a course of treatment to eliminate this pain from your life.

Common Causes of Shoulder, Arm, and Hand Pain

Rotator Cuff Dysfunction
Each shoulder is supported by many muscles and tendons that comprise the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is responsible for keeping your upper arm bone in its socket, allowing you to raise and twist your arm. When the rotator cuff is injured, debilitating pain can occur, with a significant decrease in the range of motion in the arm. Unfortunately, even common use of the shoulder can lead to wear-and-tear that results in predisposition to injury. Consultation with Carolinas Pain Center will start you on a course of treatment to manage pain from rotator cuff dysfunction and put you back in charge of a pain-free life.

Brachial Plexopathy
At the brachial plexus, a large nerve bundle from the spinal cord branches into the individual arm nerves. Brachial plexopathy often results from direct injury to the nerve caused by compression of the nerve by the muscles, bone, trauma or inflammation. The pain often worsens with movement of the neck and shoulder.

Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is an inflammation of the tendons that connect the forearm muscles on the outside of the arm at the elbow. It often occurs from overuse of the muscles or from simply repeating a certain motion continually. Gripping something like a paintbrush, a knife, even the mouse on a computer, can lead to irritation of these tendons and can lead to small tears in the tendons. This can cause mild to severe pain. Carolinas Pain Center specializes in the treatment of tennis elbow.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is perhaps the most common nerve entrapment syndrome experienced by patients. CTS occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm through the wrist into the hand, becomes compressed. Symptoms can include pain, tingling and numbness in the hand or fingers, and can lead to a weakness in the hand resulting in the inability to grip or pick up even lightweight objects. With acute compression, sharp pain can radiate from the hand or wrist into the arm. Carolinas Pain Center specialists can outline a course of treatment to remediate this pain and return you to a normal life.

2 Responses to Shoulder, Arm, and Hand Pain

  1. I need to speak with my nurse or Dr Wrobleska about my arms, shoulders and hands and fingers pain.
    I m trying hand gloves for my hands and fingers pain and I’ve found aspercream with lidocaine which I believe is causing constant diarrhea since I started it.
    My primary Doctor Dr. Obeng has upped my vitamin D3 to 5000 IU per day since the about 10 days or more with no difference as of yet.
    My increase in my new pain medication on my last visit (oxymorphone 10mg tablets e every 8hrs. 3times a day) Is working except for the case that it doesn’t last for a full 8hrs! When I do feel relief and I do any simple thing like reaching for a drink, folding clothes or operating my computer, its taking a lot of pain.
    Please help me to get to the right dosage, maybe 4 times a day every 6hrs.
    Please contact me or should I just wait until my appointment on March 17th.
    Pollie Marlow

  2. I am a 45 year old female with chronic pain in my right hand, I have had 3 unsuccessful surgeries. My doctor at ortho Carolina has released me saying there is nothing else he can do for me. My issues have became unbearable, my quality of life stinks due to being in pain all the time.
    I do not have health insurance but I am able to pay for relief.

    Can you help me?
    Thank you very much

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