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.
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, 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.