Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Arm Pain (bilateral) Overview

What is arm pain (bilateral)?
A person with bilateral arm pain has discomfort in the structures of the arms. Arm pain is often caused by injury, irritation or inflammation of the skin, muscles, bones or joints in the arm. Strains and sprains are the most common causes of arm pain in children and young adults. Arthritis is the most common cause of arm pain in the elderly.

What are the symptoms of arm pain (bilateral)?
Symptoms associated with minor arm pain include pain that worsens with movement and muscle stiffness. More serious symptoms include worsening skin redness, skin swelling and skin tenderness. Other symptoms that could indicate a more serious cause for arm pain include excessive sweating, breathing difficulty, nausea, chest pain, and jaw pain.

How does the doctor treat arm pain (bilateral)?
Treatment for arm pain (bilateral) depends on underlying cause.

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Last Updated: Aug 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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