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Suggest treatment for persistent arm and hand pain

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Posted on Fri, 31 Oct 2014
Question: For a week I have had arm and hand pain. The back side of upper arm to forearm and into wrist and thumb area. It is on the left side with same symptoms starting on right side.
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Compression of nerve in cervical [neck area] spine

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for your query.

According to your symptoms it looks like there is compression of nerve in cervical [neck area] spine. This leads to radiation of pain from back side of upper arm to forearm and into wrist and hand.

Most probable reason for your symptoms could be postural problem like sitting for long time and working on computer for long time.

You may need to take x ray/MRI spine to see for severity of nerve compression.
Some medication like methylcobalamine with muscle relaxant and analgesic will help, you can take them consulting your treating doctor.

Some exercises which can be done after pain has reduced include- gradual neck rotation, touching your ears to shoulder, shoulder shrugging exercises. You may consult physiotherapist for further guidance. He may start INTERFERENCE THERAPY, ULTRASONIC THERAPY, which are helpful in your case.

Some life style modifications for you – Take break every 40 min from computer and do some neck rotation, stretches, walk and get back to work. Sit with taking support to your neck, do not use thick pillow in bed.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.

Take care

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Suggest treatment for persistent arm and hand pain

Brief Answer: Compression of nerve in cervical [neck area] spine Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for your query. According to your symptoms it looks like there is compression of nerve in cervical [neck area] spine. This leads to radiation of pain from back side of upper arm to forearm and into wrist and hand. Most probable reason for your symptoms could be postural problem like sitting for long time and working on computer for long time. You may need to take x ray/MRI spine to see for severity of nerve compression. Some medication like methylcobalamine with muscle relaxant and analgesic will help, you can take them consulting your treating doctor. Some exercises which can be done after pain has reduced include- gradual neck rotation, touching your ears to shoulder, shoulder shrugging exercises. You may consult physiotherapist for further guidance. He may start INTERFERENCE THERAPY, ULTRASONIC THERAPY, which are helpful in your case. Some life style modifications for you – Take break every 40 min from computer and do some neck rotation, stretches, walk and get back to work. Sit with taking support to your neck, do not use thick pillow in bed. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care