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Causes, symptoms and signs of arm pain and numbness

Date Uploaded: 21/10/2012
Numerous conditions can cause pain, numbness and tingling in the arm or hand. Dr. Ali Mofty, discusses the causes and symptoms of arm pain and numbness. In most cases, conditions causing these symptoms are not a medical emergency and respond well to conservative care methods. A musculoskeletal condition, thoracic outlet syndrome, causes compression of the nerves or blood vessels as they course through the narrow passageway leading from the lower neck to the axilla or armpit. Cervical disc herniation and brachial plexus injury can also be a common cause of arm and hand pain and numbness. Hand pain and numbness can also be symptoms of some medical conditions like rheumatoid or diabetes. Simple labs and tests can diagnose such cases. As for nerve pressure or injury, it can be diagnose by an electromypography