Causes of Arm Pain
Pain and/or tingling
sensations that travel down the arm can be caused
by three primary disorders:
An injury to a spinal disc in the neck: (This is
a serious injury that typically produces
unrelenting, unbearable pain that rarely ceases.
If you have experienced recent trauma, and have
these symptoms, you should see you doctor
Compression of nerves in the neck or shoulder
regions by the Scalene or Pectoralis Minor muscle
Trigger point referred pain or
Muscles and Trigger Points that Cause Arm
points in the following muscles will typically
produce pain that radiates down the arm.
muscle is found on the back of the shoulder blade.
It contracts to externally rotate the arm in the
shoulder joint. Trigger points in this muscle
produce pain in the shoulder joint that radiates
down the front and side of the arm. People with
active Infraspinatus trigger points are unable to
reach behind their back.
Learn more about the
Infraspinatus trigger points with this article from
Dr. Perry >The Infraspinatus Trigger Points:
Magicians of Shoulder Pain
muscle group is found deep in the lower neck. It
flexes the neck to the side and helps to lift the
rib cage when you inhale sharply. Trigger point
induced tension in this muscle may entrap several
nerves as they exit the neck region. This
entrapment is likely to produce pain, numbness and
tingling sensations down the arm. Because the
Scalene muscle group functions to aid breathing,
its trigger points can cause arm pain while
coughing. Learn more about the Scalene trigger
points with this article from Dr. Perry >The Scalene Trigger Points: Upper
Body Trouble Makers.
muscle lies deep in the armpit regions. It
contracts to move and rotate the shoulder blade.
Trigger points in this muscle may cause the muscle
to entrap nerves and blood vessels in the shoulder
region. This entrapment typically causes numbness
and tingling sensations to travel down the inside
of the arm.
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