Less common causes of arm pain

Less commonly, arm pain may be caused by one of the following conditions or injuries:

  • de Quervain's tenosynovitis inflammation of the tendons on the inside of the wrist (read about tendonitis and tenosynovitis )
  • cervical rib where you have an extra rib above your normal top rib, which may cause pain, tingling or numbness in the arm
  • inflammation of the nerves in the arm( known as 'brachial and ulnar neuritis') this may occur after shingles
  • damage to the nerves connecting the spine and the arm (a 'brachial plexus injury') this can be caused by over-stretching the arm or shoulder and most often occurs during contact sports or a motor vehicle accident
  • arthritis of the elbow which can cause the elbow joint to become inflamed (swollen, warm and painful) and feel stiff
  • a broken arm ,usually caused by a fall onto an outstretched arm

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018