Arm Pain – Is it common?

Are you someone who suffers from occasional arm pain?
If you do, you’re definitely not alone. It’s extremely common and is suffered by people all over the world for so many different reasons. The good news is, it’s not all bad!

Arm pain can be the result of either a sudden trauma, or a repetitive overuse injury. The causes of arm pain can almost always be related to either work, sport or everyday use of the arm. It can be localised, especially if it’s a musculoskeletal injury, or it can be referred from nerves in other parts of the body such as the neck.

Arm pain is generally derived from issues associated with the shoulder, elbow or wrist. Here are just some of the most common causes of arm pain:

  • Tendonitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Sprains, strains and fractures
  • Carpal tunnel and other nerve compressions
  • Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
  • Tendon and nerve injuries
  • Tumours, ganglions and cysts
  • Swelling, and
  • Pins and needles or numbness.

It’s important to remember that pain in the left arm can be early warning signs of a cardiac issue, so it’s best to get the pain checked with your local health professional. However, cardiac related arm pain is far less likely than a musculoskeletal injury involving either a muscle, joint or tendon.

These kinds of arm injuries almost always respond well to treatment from that of a physiotherapist, especially when the pain is assessed and diagnosed early.

Like with many other kinds of injuries, the longer you leave it, the worse it can become. While physiotherapy is a highly effective way to relieve arm pain, it can be hard to completely avoid all triggers. Because of this, long-term management is vital. Consider us as your management team. Your physiotherapist can provide you with:

  • Early, hands-on physiotherapy to relieve your pain
  • Strapping to support the joints and ligaments
  • Education on how to manage your arm pain: such as tips on rest breaks, stretching and appropriate gripping technique

Don’t put up with your arm pain any longer. You can contact the highly experienced team at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy today by either calling on (02) 4721 7798, emailing or clicking here to book online for a thorough assessment and tailored treatment plan to get on top of your arm pain.

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.