A 49-year-old member asked:
shooting pain down my right arm, what to do?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Vikram Patel answered
36 years experience Pain Management
Arm pain: Shooting pain is often due to a pinched nerve in the neck. You need proper evaluation by a neurologist or pain physician. In the mean time, avoid looking down for long periods. Use a soft collar as a reminder not to flex your neck too much.
Answered on Jul 1, 2014
Dr. Andrew Germanovich answered
12 years experience Pain Management
See your doctor: for a physical exam and imaging which may or may not show nerve impingement secondary to degenerative processes in the disks or vertebrae of your neck.
Answered on Apr 26, 2015
Dr. Qamar Khan answered
16 years experience Pain Management
Evaluate Neck: If you are not improving have your doctor order a cervical spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the neck can cause arm pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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