CausesBy Mayo Clinic staff
Possible causes of arm pain include:
- Brachial plexus injury
- Broken arm
- Broken wrist/broken hand
- Cancer (malignancy), primary or metastatic
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cervical spondylosis
- De Quervain's tenosynovitis
- Dislocated elbow
- Heart attack
- Herniated disk
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Rotator cuff injury
- Sprains and strains
- Tennis elbow
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Ulnar nerve entrapment
Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.
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