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Arm Injuries


Minor arm injuries are common. Symptoms often develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or an injury. Arm injuries are often caused by.


Changes of having an injury is higher in contact sports, such as wrestling, football , or soccer and high speed sports, such as biking, in-line skating, snowboarding, and skateboarding. Forearms, wrists, hands and fingers are the injured most often.


Older adults also have more problems with vision and balance which increases their chances of having an accidental injury.

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Acute injuries


Acute injuries come on suddenly and may be caused by a direct blow, a penetrating injury or a fall or from twisting, jerking, jamming, or bending a limb abnormally. Pain may be sudden and serve.


Overuse injuries


Overuse injuries occur when stress is placed on a joint or other tissue, often by “overdoing” an activity or repeating the same activity. Overuse injuries include.


Hairline cracks in bones of the arm (Stress fractures).


Pressure on nerves in the arm, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.


Treatment for an arm injury may include first aid measures (such as using a brace, splint or cast), “setting” a broken a bone or returning a dislocated joint to its normal position, physical therapy, medicines, and in some cases surgery. Treatment depends on:




Tenosynovitis is a painful inflammation of tendons in the wrist caused by friction. It almost always occur in the wrist caused by friction. It almost always occur in the wrist directly behind the thumb.


Tendons are fibrous tissue which connect muscles to bone.




Generally, it is caused by rapid repetitious movement of the thumb and wrist and it is common in the assembly line workers.




Like many inflammation type injuries, the first and best treatment is rest. That is, the limb from the action suspected of causing the injury. A splint that immobilizes the thumb and wrist.




CTS is also known as Repetitive strain injury (RSI) and its occurrence being common among keyboard operators, hairdressers and process workers.




CTS is pain numbness and tingling of the fingers (thumb and first three fingers only) caused by compression of the median nerve where it passes under the carpal ligaments.




Splinting the hands especially at night is also helpful. Corticosteroid injection in to the carpal tunnel is also claimed to be of benefit. In cases where loss of feeling in the hand and fingers is evident, a simple surgical operation to slit the ligament to relieve pressure on the median nerve is performed



The medical name for this injury is Epicondylitis. It basically means , a lumb above the lumb at the end of a bone.




Despite its name, Tennis elbow is not as common among tennis players as you would think. It is common in golfers, bricklayers, squash players and surprisingly violinists.


Tennis Elbow is a tear or overload injury and occur at the elbow. Hold your arm with elbow at right angles. On the outside of your elbow you can feel a bony lumb about halfway up your elbow.




The tear of tendon attachment point onto the bone often follows a bump which you may or may not remember. It may be something simple such as opening a jar, wringing wet clothes or feathering a paddle blade which does the final damage.


Once it’s happened though you’ll know about it can be very painful and simple tasks such as picking up a cup of a tea or shaking hands become impossible in serve cases.




The good news is that the injury will respond to treatment. The bad news is that a full recovery may take 6 months to 2 years.


This should involve RICE(Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) as required. Anti-inflammatory drugs are also used if the injury is acute.


Corticosteroid injections are also used and surgical intervention too in serve cases.


Stretching and strengthening exercises are also prescribed during recovery.


If you suffer an arm injury use commonsense: rest the injured limb immediately and then as the man says “if pain persist, see your doctor at A+ clinics.