Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Arm Sprain Overview

What is an arm sprain?
A person with an arm sprain has stretched or torn the ligaments in the arm. Ligaments are strong fibrous bands that hold the bones in place during movement.

What are the symptoms of an arm sprain?
Common symptoms of an arm sprain include arm pain, arm swelling, arm tenderness, and decreased range of motion in the arm.

How does the doctor treat an arm sprain?
Treatment for an arm sprain often includes rest, elevation, cold compresses, and medications for pain control. A shoulder sling may provide some relief.

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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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