They call it the “funny bone,” but when you accidentally strike your elbow, you’re more likely to cry than laugh. Of the 206 bones in the human body, three are in the arm—the humerus, radius, and ulna. (Guess which one gave rise to the “funny bone” misnomer? Humerus it is.) Then there are the muscles, joints, tendons, and other connective tissues that make up the arms. Injuries to any of these parts of the arm can occur during sports, a fall or an accident, or just about any activity of daily life. And when you lose full or partial use of an arm or hand due to illness or injury, you get a whole new appreciation of these amazing appendages. Common types of arm injuries include:
- Tendonitis and bursitis
- Broken bones
Some nerve problems, arthritis, or cancers can also affect the entire arm and cause pain, spasms, swelling, and trouble moving. There may also be problems or injury to specific parts of the arm, such as the hand, wrist, elbow, or shoulder. What can be done to relieve arm pain and return a patient to normal or near-normal functioning? Using the complementary and alternative treatments offered in the Las Vegas Recovery Center’s Pain Recovery Program, clients learn to handle their arm and hand pain without opiates and the inherent risks associated with taking opiates long-term. Gentle exercise, mindfulness meditation, Yoga, Chi Kung, massage, and moderating expectations, along with other alternative therapies, have been found to alleviate most chronic pain, including the pain of upper extremity injuries, and return clients to a functioning life. Not a life free of all pain, but a life in which pain is only a small, manageable part.