Arm pain is common and usually caused by an injury or fall. It can often be managed with rest and over-the-counter painkillers.

If your arm has suddenly started hurting but you don't think the cause is serious, try caring for it at home by:

  • holding an ice pack (a pack of frozen peas in a teatowel works well) to your arm for 15-20 minutes every few hours for the first couple of days
  • taking over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or Painkillers, ibuprofen , to relieve the pain and any inflammation
  • resting the arm and keepingit raised for as long as possible (try resting it on cushions) to help reduce any swelling and pain

See your GP if your arm pain doesn't improve after several days, or if there's increasing redness, swelling or pain.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 30 Nov 2016