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Diagnostic Tests for Arm pain

Diagnostic Test list for Arm pain:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Arm pain includes:

  • General appearance - looking for bruising, deformity of arm, swelling of the arm, abnormal posture of body, muscle wasting, abnormal arm movements.
  • Physical examination
    • May be necessary to examine a variety of joints including the cervical spine, shoulder, elbow , wrists and the various joints of the hand
    • Test muscle tone, power, reflexes and co-ordination of upper limbs
    • Test sensation of upper limbs ( including pain , touch , temperature and vibration sensation)
    • Examine each nerve of the upper limb (including radial , median, ulnar nerve and also brachial plexus
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count
    • ESR
    • Electrolytes
    • Arthritis screen - (e.g. Rheumatoid factor, ENA and ANA autoantibodies).
    • Blood sugar - to detect diabetes which can cause painful peripheral neuropathy, peripheral nerve lesions and erythermalgia.
    • Thyroid function tests - to diagnose hypothyroidism ( can cause carpal tunnel syndrome).
  • Radiology investigations
    • Neck X-ray (look for cervical rib which may cause thoracic outlet syndrome
    • Upper Thoracic spine X-Ray
    • Elbow , forearm, Shoulder X-ray - may need to X-ray both sides to compare, especially in children.
    • Wrist and Hand X-Ray - may need to X-ray both sides to compare, especially in children.
    • CT Scan or MRI of Cervical spine - can detect nerve root entrapment in the intervertebral foramina of the cervical spine or a disc prolapse.
    • Ultrasound scan - modern sophisticated ultrasound examination is becoming a vital diagnostic modality for soft tissue disorders.
  • Nerve Conduction studies
  • Electromyography - to diagnose entrapment syndromes of peripheral nerves.

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Arm pain causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Arm pain:

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