Stanford Pain & Sports Medicine of NYC | Arm and Hand Pain
At Stanford Pain and Sports Medicine of NYC you’ll get the arm and/or hand pain management and care you need to reduce or eliminate your pain. Because when you’re in pain — whether it’s from an accident, computer strain, age, sporting injury, or ailment — you want pain relief quickly. Appropriate and targeted arm and/or hand pain management from our doctors starts with a proper diagnosis from our NYC pain management specialists.
Arm and Hand Pain
While jobs like professional athlete, construction worker and deck hand bring with them extraordinary risks for injury, working in an office or at a desk all day also can be dangerous for your body — particularly your arms and hands. Of course, in addition to Manhattan office work, your arms and hands can sustain damage and cause pain from:
- Any kind of repetitive motion work
- Playing sports
- Congenital birth defects
Other common causes of arm and/or hand pain in NYC can include:
- Frozen shoulder
- Rotator cuff injury
- Arthritis of the hand or wrist
- Bible (ganglion) cyst
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Elbow bursitis
- Golfer’s elbow
- Radial styloid
- Tennis elbow
- Trigger finger or thumb
Carpal Tunnel Culprits
Probably the main culprit of hand and arm pain is carpal tunnel syndrome. And that’s thanks to the evolution of technology and its ubiquitous use. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of a pinched nerve in your hand, often brought on by poor ergonomics at your workstation and overuse in general. But because of its common occurrence, pain in your hands and arms too often is misdiagnosed.
The painful pressure on your nerves may be caused by many different factors, ranging from thickened muscles and arthritis to enlarged blood vessels or cysts. All the nerves in your arms and hands originate in your neck. So any abnormalities in your upper spinal column can affect your arms and hands.
Interconnections to Explore
The nerves in your arms and hands may directly be the source of your pain, but not always. The interconnections of nerves are complicated. For example, when you pull a muscle in your neck, the nerves often become impinged and the pain can travel all the way down your arm to your fingers. And when you develop a weakness in the top of your spinal column, you are more prone to developing nerve problems in your arms and hands.
A disease in your central nervous system, such as a stroke, multiple sclerosis or spinal cord conditions can leave you with numbness in your hands and arms. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition when other diseases affect your limbs. Your Manhattan pain management specialist would describe it as burning or tingling sensation. Some of the causes can include:
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Cancer treatment drugs
- Metal poisoning from industrial compounds
Proper Diagnosis Is Vital
An experienced pain management doctor conducts an array of tests to pinpoint the source of your pain. It’s vital that you receive an accurate diagnosis for the most appropriate treatment. Your detailed description of your arm and hand pain is the best indicator of where to begin. Prepare to tell your pain management doctor about the distribution and pattern in your limbs of:
- Muscle changes
Further tests such as blood tests, nerve tests, X-rays and MRIs can validate your doctor’s conclusions and lead you to the correct treatment for your condition. With pain management, you work together with your doctor to find the best treatment, but it starts with a correct diagnosis.
Get the Pain Relief You Need
Your NYC pain management doctor’s goal is to get you back to your normal routine with minimal downtime. After your diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor begins your neck pain management and treatment plan with the most conservative pain relief treatment. You’ll always receive non-invasive pain relief before your doctor turns to more invasive procedures like surgery.
Stanford Pain & Sports Medicine of NYC
51 East 25th St, 4th Floor, Ste B
New York, NY 10010