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Arm Pain Specialist

Advanced Pain Management

Ravi Panjabi, MD

Interventional Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine located in Castro Valley, CA, Fremont, CA & San Ramon, CA

Pain in your arm, including the shoulder, elbow, and wrist, can make day-to-day activities like preparing food and getting dressed seem unbearable. Board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician Ravi Panjabi, MD, treats all types of arm pain at Advanced Pain Management, with three offices in Castro Valley, San Ramon, and Fremont, California. If arm pain inhibits your normal routine, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Arm Pain

What is arm pain?

Arm pain can affect any part of your upper extremity, including the wrist, elbow, or shoulder, or even the entirety of your arm. Arm pain is most often due to an injury or overuse, but can result from many causes.

Depending on the root cause of your arm pain, you may experience various symptoms, such as:

  • Arm weakness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Joint deformity
  • Tenderness and warmth

Arm pain can come on suddenly or gradually. If your arm pain starts immediately after an injury, call your doctor right away.

What conditions can cause arm pain?

The skilled team at Advanced Pain Management treats a broad range of conditions that cause arm pain, including nerve pain, arthritis, and injuries.

Nerve pain

Nerves transmit pain signals, so any type of nerve dysfunction near your upper extremity can cause pain that radiates into your arms.

A nerve may get pinched when something presses on it, like a bone spur or herniated disc in your spine. Cervical stenosis, a condition that causes the spinal column in your neck to become narrow, may also cause arm pain. Nerve problems may cause additional symptoms like numbness and tingling.


Arthritis is pain and stiffness in any joint. Many forms of arthritis affect the joints in your arm, including the wrist and shoulder.

The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which involves wear-and-tear damage to the cartilage that cushions a joint, and an autoimmune disease called rheumatoid arthritis.


The arm is a common site for injuries, including trauma from auto accidents, falls, and sports injuries. Some of the most prevalent arm injuries include sprains, strains, and fractures. Rotator cuff tears often affect the shoulder, and tendonitis is a frequent cause of elbow pain.

How is arm pain treated?

First, your Advanced Pain Management physician listens to you describe your symptoms to determine the need for additional examinations and testing. They examine the root cause of your arm pain and focus treatment on improving your functional mobility and quality of life.

Depending on your needs, treatment for arm pain may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Nerve blocks
  • Medication management
  • Joint injections
  • Alternative therapies like acupuncture and chiropractic care
  • Spinal cord stimulator

Nerve blocks involve injections of an anesthetic and steroid medication accurately positioned near a nerve that may be causing your arm pain. Your Advanced Pain Management provider follows up with you after treatment and makes adjustments as needed.

For effective arm pain relief, call Advanced Pain Management or book an appointment online today.