Arm Pain Specialist

Source Healthcare

Spine, Sports, & Pain Medicine Center & Interventional Orthopedic and Surgical Pain Medicine Specialists located in Santa Monica, CA

Arm pain is common and can occur due to an injury, underlying disease, or compressed nerve in your neck. If you have ongoing arm pain, it can affect your quality of life, but the experienced team at Source Healthcare in Santa Monica, California, specializes in sports medicine and pain management and can determine the underlying cause of your arm pain and develop an effective treatment plan to significantly improve or resolve your pain. For a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Arm Pain Q & A


What is arm pain?

Arm pain is a general term that refers to any uncomfortable sensation you experience in your arm. The pain can come on suddenly or develop slowly over time. In some cases, the pain you feel in your arm may be generating from a condition that affects your spine or neck. 

What causes arm pain?

Arm pain can develop from a range of causes. Some of the most common include:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Strains or sprains
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herniated disc in your cervical spine
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Bursitis

Pain in the left arm may also be a sign of a heart attack. If you suspect your arm pain may be due to a heart attack, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

How is arm pain diagnosed?

Due to the range of potential causes arm pain can have, the team at Source Healthcare conducts a comprehensive examination when you come in for an evaluation. 

During your exam, the team reviews your symptoms and medical history and conducts a physical exam, paying close attention to your arm.

To confirm or rule out causes of your arm pain, the team may request diagnostic tests such as blood work, X-rays, or an MRI.

What are the treatments for arm pain?

Treatment for your arm pain may depend on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. The team at Source Healthcare develop a personalized treatment plan for you to help reduce your pain and possibly resolve the underlying cause. 

Treatment options may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Anti-seizure medication
  • Antidepressants
  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy

In most cases, the team recommends conservative measures first before more invasive treatments are considered. If you fail to get relief from your arm pain, however, the team may suggest other treatments such as nerve blocks or stem cell therapy, depending on the cause of your pain.

They may also recommend surgery. The type of surgery you need can depend on what’s causing your arm pain. For example, you may benefit from a carpal tunnel release if your carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms (numbness and tingling in your hand and fingers) are worsening. 

Arm pain can develop from a range of causes. To get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, call Source Healthcare or book an appointment online today.