Arm pain



Physical discomfort in any part of the arm.


Take a break from activities that cause pain. Pain relievers available without a prescription, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve), can help ease pain.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a health care professional immediately if:

  • Sudden pain radiating down left arm.
  • Chest pain or shortness of breath.
  • Numbness, burning or tingling.
  • Caused by trauma, especially if there's an obvious injury.
  • Difficulty moving or twisting arm.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a health care professional if:

  • No improvement with home care.
  • Pain, numbness, swelling worsens.
  • Limits ability to work, sleep or perform daily tasks.