Page Updated on Apr 2, 2020 by Dr. Reyfman (Pain Management Specialist) of Pain Physicians NY

Pain Physicians NY (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx NYC) is one of the first practices in New York to offer an alternative treatment for arm and hand pain. Depending on the severity of the pain, signs, and symptoms in addition to traditional treatment options such as muscle relaxants, injections or physical therapy we might offer a cutting edge, non-invasive disc decompression procedure, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, Interstitial Laser TherapyPulse Stimulation Treatment, and Electrical Nerve Stimulation.

Brooklyn Pain Physicians are internationally recognized as one of the best joint pain management specialists and doctors in Brooklyn, NYC. 

Arm and Hand Pain

arm and hand pain | specialists doctors brooklyn nycThe arm muscles are among the most commonly used muscles in the body, allowing us to do most activities. All these actions are facilitated by the shoulder muscles, across where the sensory and motor nerves from the neck pass. It would make sense, therefore, that a problem affecting the shoulder would subsequently affect the arm and hands, and it does.

There are various causes for shoulder pain that eventually lead to arm and hand pain, including:

Cervical radiculopathy

The Cervical Radiculopathy is when the discs surrounding the cervical vertebrae in the neck become worn off, the vertebrae eventually lie awkwardly on top of one another. Suppose one of these vertebrae sat on a nerve that supplies sensation to the shoulder and arms, then this would cause pain to radiate along the entire arm from the shoulder to the hand.

Rotator cuff injury

The Rotator Cuff is a set of muscles and ligaments that provide support to the shoulder and keep it attached to the shoulder blade. This kind of injury is often due to direct trauma on this region that causes pain primarily in the shoulder that may extend down to the arms and hands. Besides trauma, chronic overuse of the muscle as well as aging can cause the rotator cuff to become damaged and become painful.

Heart attack

Sometimes a heart attack may present with severe pain radiating from the chest and spreading to the arm, often on the left side. It is not known why this happens, but a sudden pain on the left arm and hand can be a sign of a heart attack.


This happens when the joint is completely removed from its intended location, often the result of direct trauma. The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint where the humeral head of the arm bone fits into a hollow scapula (the shoulder blade). The joint is further strengthened by muscles, tendons, and ligaments to keep the bones in positions and at the same time allow for movement in many directions. For example:

Certain accidents, such as a direct fall as a result of sports injury, work injury on one hand at an angle may remove the humeral head from the scapula, preventing the arm from movement. This event is always followed by intense radiating pain from the shoulder down to the arm and hands due to the pressing of the bone to the nerves. Dislocations can be solved by manually pushing the joint back into place and resting the joint.


Between the humeral head of the arm and the shoulder blade is a sac of fluid called the bursa which provides lubrication and allowing the arm to move freely. This sac can become inflamed due to an injury or infection, causing difficulty moving the arm and sending pain radiating down to the hand when you try to do so. This inflammation often goes away on its own as the inflammation subsides, but sometimes it may require medication and even surgery if it is extremely infected. Ex:


This refers to a class of disorders that affect the joints of the body and may lead to pain in the affected joint. Some types of arthritis include:

Surgery is the last treatment option when other treatment methods have failed to relieve the signs and symptoms of Arm and Hand Pain. 

The most advanced pain management center, Brooklyn pain management doctors and specialists at Pain Physicians NY offer a unique, individualized approach to manage your Arm and Hand Pain. We are using the most effective pain management and treatment options to treat arm and hand pain, different forms of arthritis, trigger finger or thumb. We are utilizing the latest technologies available in the USA.