Louisiana Pain Specialists
Pain Management & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in New Orleans, Kenner, Baton Rouge, Marrero, Laplace, & Metairie, LA
Your arms and hands play a vital role in helping you perform many activities, like opening doors, picking up boxes, and brushing your teeth. Unfortunately, arm and hand pain may make these everyday activities difficult or impossible, affecting your quality of life. The team at Louisiana Pain Specialists in Kenner, Metairie, Laplace, Baton Rouge, Marrero, and New Orleans, Louisiana, specializes in diagnosing and treating arm and hand pain. They offer safe and effective pain management solutions to ease your discomfort and improve your quality of life. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.
Arm and Hand Pain Q & A
What is arm and hand pain?
Arm and hand pain refers to any discomfort involving your arms or hands. The pain may affect your fingers, the palm of your hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, or upper arm.
The pain you feel may depend on the cause and may affect your ability to use your hand or arm. If you have arm and hand pain, the Louisiana Pain Specialists can help.
What causes arm and hand pain?
You can develop arm or hand pain from many conditions affecting the structure of these body parts. Common causes of arm and hand pain include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Phantom pain
- Tennis elbow
- Cervical radiculopathy
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Herniated disc
- Ganglion cyst
- Diabetic neuropathy
Though you may feel the pain in your arm or hand, the source of your pain may come from another body part. For example, cervical radiculopathy causes pain that radiates into the arms and hands from a compressed, pinched, or irritated nerve in the cervical spine.
How is arm and hand pain diagnosed?
The Louisiana Pain Specialists team conducts comprehensive evaluations to fully understand the origin of your arm and hand pain.
They ask detailed questions about your symptoms, including the type and location of your pain, when it started, and the activities that worsen your pain. Then, they review your medical history and perform a physical exam.
Your provider may conduct diagnostic testing to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. Testing may include blood work, X-rays, MRIs, or nerve conduction studies.
How is arm and hand pain treated?
The Louisiana Pain Specialists team customizes your arm or hand pain treatment plan based on the underlying cause of your pain, the severity of symptoms, and your medical history.
The pain management practice takes a balanced approach, offering traditional and advanced treatment options. Your treatment plan may include:
- Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Splinting or bracing
- Physical therapy
- Spinal nerve stimulator
- Peripheral nerve stimulator
- Steroid injections
- Cervical selective nerve block
- Cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy
- Joint injections
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
- Stellate ganglion block
- Sympathetic nerve blocks
The team works closely with you, designing a plan that provides the best pain relief to improve your quality of life.
Arm and hand pain affects your ability to manage your day-to-day life. For relief from your pain, call Louisiana Pain Specialists or book an appointment online today.