Medical Services

Arm Pain

Older Man Holding Fishing PoleA sore elbow, aching arm, or stiff hand and fingers can signal a serious problem. Whether from work or play, overuse and arthritis are common problems diagnosed and treated by Beaufort Memorial’s experienced, board-certified orthopaedic specialists.

Causes of Arm Pain

  • Arthritis
  • Overuse
  • Sports or Work Injuries
  • Tendon or Muscle Strains
  • Tissue or Nerve Problems

Arm Pain Relief

Be sure to remove any rings or jewelry before they become stuck due to swelling. Start by taking a rest from any activity that causes pain. Apply an ice pack for up to 20 minutes to limit swelling. Consider using a compress bandage to support the affected area and, if possible, elevate it above your heart to reduce swelling. Anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medications may help ease pain and speed healing. See a physician immediately if you have sharp, persistent pain or pain that lingers more than a week.

Healthy Arm Tips

  • Practice proper form and movement
  • Stretch fingers, wrists, arms and neck frequently
  • Adjust position if seated for long intervals
  • Keep your body hydrated

Experiencing arm pain? Contact your physician for a referral to an orthopaedic specialist or schedule a visit with an orthopaedic specialist. To learn more about arm pain and treatment options, RSVP for a monthly Joint Replacement Informational Session by calling 843.522.5585.

Helpful Links

  • Rehabilitation — Keep arms, wrists and hands in good working order
  • Treatment— Learn about arm treatment options at Beaufort Memorial
  • Orthopaedic Specialists — Rely on a team of musculoskeletal specialists
  • FAQ — Get answers to common questions about orthopaedic and joint pain

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