A good talk about arm muscle pain causes, has to contain upper arm muscle pain and (lower arm) or forearm muscle pain. There are a lot of factors or reasons, one might have a muscle ache or pain. My intentions are to give you the best information that is available to me, so that you can target or zone in on the muscle you need to.
Upper Arm Muscles
The obvious muscle here is the Bicep muscle. Your Biceps muscles are actually a set of muscles that work together to form your Biceps. You have the Brachialis, LongHead and the ShortHead muscles. Next, we have the Triceps. The Tricep muscle is broken down into 3 different heads. The Later Head, the Long Head, and the Medial Head. I just want to point out that the Bicep has two Heads and the Tricep has three Heads. I hope you noticed that as well.
Upper Arm Muscle Pain
Let us begin with the Tricep. The Tricep muscles is in use when you are pushing on things or lifting your arms nearly unbent. The Bicep muscles are most commonly used to lift an object. A little pain might occur at the time we overwork, strain, or stretch these muscles a little too much. Sometimes, we might hear a pop or just notice a difference in our arm strength. Whatever the case might be: STOP, TAKE A BREAK, REST!!! Some symptoms might include loss of mobility, swelling or bruising, muscle aches or pain both (minor and major), maybe there is an unusual burning sensation in the arm, or maybe it just hurts when you flex your arm. I have made a list of the most common types of arm pain. Here is my list:
- The Heart Attack- I have chosen to put this first because of the seriousness related to this arm pain. While, I cannot explain the total reason behind the arm pain here. I do know that, there are a lot of nerves in the heart and the irritated make the arm hurt in different degrees. If combined with chest pain or shortness of breath. Get to the emergency room!
- The Fracture or Injury- Unfortunately, the arm pain might increase as you try to move more. If you have a bad sprain, you might not have to see a doctor. A couple of days will tell you. If you have a fracture, you definitely need a doctors’ involvement.
- Bicipital Tendinitis- This is normally caused by over working the arm muscles. If you ever experience a lot of muscle twitching then you are probably over working your arms. This is pretty serious if the over worked muscles cause the tendons to become inflamed.
- Bursitis – Is another type of muscle ache or pain and is also caused by inflamed soft tissue. This tends to make your arm feel very warm, or maybe swelling of the arm, or maybe your arm will just look red.
- A Pinched Nerve – Sometimes these things occur in our bodies. Somehow, these nerves get stretched on us, or twisted, even pinched by our bodies. This can cause major pain to your arm. In my opinion, you will need to seek a professional for medical advice on this one.
- Muscle Tension or Fatigue – Your arm muscles can be over worked and this tends to be the major cause of all arm pain. If your muscles are feeling somewhat sore or tired. This is your body trying to alert to the fact your arms need a break. I have said this before, but it is worth repeating. Listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs,
Lower Arm Muscles
The lower arm muscles or forearm muscles are a huge muscle group. They consist of the Brachioradialis, Extensor Carpi Ulnaris, Flexor Carpi Ulnaris, Pollicis Brevis, Extensor Pollicis Longus, and the Flexor Carpi Radials. All of these muscles combined with many tendons help us to move our fingers, open and close our fist, rotate our wrist, rotate the whole forearm, help us grip things and so much more. You can see how involved these muscles are in our daily lives.
Lower Arm Muscle Pain
- The most common form of pain associated with the lower arm is normally injury related pain. Maybe you tried to break a fall with you arms, or maybe you got your arm in some kind of position that it should not be in. Perhaps, there was an external force applied to you arm, such as in an accident.
- There can be nerve issues. Probably, the most heard of is the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This is due to the median nerve getting constricted or compressed in between the forearm and the wrist, causing inflammation.
- Arthritis is another great cause of lower arm pain. If you have arthritis in your elbow it is probably osteoarthritis. If your arthritis is in your wrist or fingers it is generally rheumatoid arthritis.
- We could easily over work or strain our lower arm muscles as well. There are a couple of conditions that I would like to talk about here. Golfers Elbow and Tennis Elbow. Golfers Elbow is a play on words. More people that does not play golf, has golfers elbow. Think of all the various ways in which you grip something and tense or stiffen your wrist. These are all situations that can cause golfers elbow. Tennis Elbow is also a play on words. This type of lower arm pain is caused by a repetitive task. It has nothing to do with tennis. Tasks that cause you to extend your arm while exerting force onto something else can cause Tennis Elbow.
Some Prevention And Healing Techniques
Whether we are talking about the lower or upper arm muscles, or any muscle group in the entire body. The absolute best prevention technique is to stretch and warm the body muscles up before exercising them. The person that visits the local gym 6 times a week and the arm chair quarterback both need to do this prevention technique before working their muscles out. Next, we have is to rest. Nobody wants to rest, we are a go, go, go society. You might try ice and/or heat to dull the ache. Be careful with the length of the application so you do not irritate the skin as well. Also, you might try over the counter anti-inflammation medicine. I am here to help. If you have any questions or a comment please leave it below