Upper Arm Pain
The most common injury in the upper arm is a broken bone (fractured humerus), however, strains to the triceps and biceps muscles can also occur.
Injury to the Axillary nerve usually occurs as a result of a direct impact to the outer arm, although it can also be injured following a shoulder dislocation or compression of the nerve. With this injury there can be numbness on the outer upper arm and there can be difficulty moving it. Read more on the causes and treatment of this arm injury.
A humerus fracture is a break in the upper arm bone. This may be anywhere in the bone, from the neck of the humerus near the shoulder to the distal end at the elbow. A form of fracture close to the elbow is known as a supracondylar fracture. There will be instant arm pain from the moment of the injury and medical help will be needed if a fracture is suspected.
A tricep strain is a tear to the triceps brachii muscle at the back of the upper arm which contracts to straighten the elbow. This arm injury can be caused by overuse or a sudden force on the muscle. Pain in the back of the arm will usually come on suddenly, which can be helped by rest and ice. Read on for more about the causes, symptoms and treatment for a tricep strain.
A biceps contusion is a bruising of the Biceps Brachii muscle in the upper arm. This occurs due to a direct impact to the area, usually, from a collision or a ball, racket or stick etc hitting the arm. Symptoms can include pain, swelling and difficulty straightening the arm, which can be helped by icing and elevating the injured area.