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Arm Injury Overview

What is an arm injury?
A person with an arm injury has damage to the structures in the arm caused by an injury. Most arm injuries are caused by falls. Common arm injuries include arm contusion, arm fracture, and arm dislocation. Soft tissue arm injuries include stab wounds, lacerations, abrasions, and puncture wounds.

What are the symptoms of an arm injury?
Common symptoms of an arm injury include arm pain, arm tenderness, arm swelling, and arm deformity.

How does the doctor treat an arm injury?
Treatment of an arm injury includes rest, elevation, cold compresses and pain medications. Treatment may include the application of a splint or cast. Some arm injuries may need to be treated with surgery.

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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