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If you’re experiencing arm pain, you know that it doesn’t have to be severe to interfere with your life. Even mild pain, when consistent, is still chronic pain. This could be from a recent injury, or an older injury that was reaggravated. Either way, you deserve to have it addressed by an expert care team.

Your personal, digital care team can assess your arm pain and let you know what kind of mobile recovery program is best for you. The right mobile program should be easy to follow. If you’re consistent in your digital physical therapy exercises and habit changes, you can noticeably reduce pain.

These days, mobile health has made the road to recovery easier than ever. It puts the power to get better right in the palm of your hands, and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home! 

What is mobile health? 

Also known as mHealth, mobile health is quickly becoming the new face of modern medicine. It has been described by the World Health Organization as the “use of mobile and wireless technologies to support the achievement of health objectives…” 

Essentially, this new technology allows patients to:

  • Have access to a wider range of health services and specialists
  • Receive expert medical attention regardless of location
  • Track their own health information
  • More easily communicate with their care team
  • Be assessed and treated more quickly
  • Minimize the unnecessary costs of transportation
  • Reduce the risk of in-office exposure to disease and infection
  • Experience no in-office wait times

Arm Pain to Watch Out For From Home

There’s no ignoring an aching arm. Even if you don’t know what kind of injury you’re dealing with, you definitely know when something doesn’t feel right. 

It’s helpful to have some idea where the pain is stemming from. You could be dealing with a muscle tear, joint wear, or a sprain—and the longer you wait to get diagnosed, the more likely it is that your condition will worsen.

This is where your digital care team comes in. Having access to one on one doctor visits—from home or in person—is critical for diagnosing arm pain, prescribing the best mobile treatment plan, and monitoring your progress. 

Thanks to mobile health, your doctor (and team of physician specialists, like physical therapists or nutritionists) can efficiently review your medical history and existing symptoms to help identify the source of your arm pain.

Some of the most common sources of arm pain include:

Frozen Elbow (or Tennis Elbow)

Known in the medical world as cubital tunnel syndrome, this condition limits a person’s mobility from the elbow joint down. Tennis elbow is often caused when an unusual amount of pressure is placed on the ulnar nerve, and the longer a person continues to put pressure on their ulnar nerve, the more serious their frozen elbow can become. Other symptoms can include numbness and tingling in the forearm and hand. 

In addition, repetitive damage to the nerve can make it more challenging to use your forearm and hand regularly. Eventually, you may feel as though you’re suffering from chronic pain in addition to a lack of muscle strength and mobility. 

Getting the right care is crucial to reducing pain and inflammation and getting back on track with life.

Wrist Pain

More than 8 million people each year are affected by wrist pain, which can be caused by conditions like arthritis, tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Mostly, it develops because of repetitive wrist motions, like typing, which puts pressure on the wrist. 

This ends up damaging the median nerve and can result in pain. All too often, this pain makes it difficult for a person to conduct their normal daily activities.

Getting proper treatment to lessen wrist pain can make it possible for people to return to normal daily work and activities with confidence as well as having the knowledge they need to to protect their wrists going forward.

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis (or Texter’s Thumb)

Knowing that over 85% of Americans own a smartphone, it doesn’t come as a shock that texter’s thumb is becoming a bigger issue than ever before. This condition can be painful, specifically around the tendons near your thumbs. 

As is the case with carpal tunnel, a similar form of wrist pain, this condition tends to arise due to repetitive motions. In other words, texter’s thumb is a repetitive stress injury. Patients who spend a lot of time playing video games, texting, or using a keyboard can report decreased mobility and discomfort when performing these activities.

If left untreated, this painful condition can spread from your thumb into your forearm. However, if caught and treated early, symptoms can improve within four to six weeks.

Treating Arm Pain at Home

If you find yourself dealing with consistent arm pain, take each day slow. Most healthcare professionals will recommend a combination of frequent breaks from work and anti-inflammatory medications to lessen your pain, especially if it’s somewhat mild. Shoulder, elbow, and wrist braces can also help reduce the kinds of movement that might worsen your condition.

If, however, it seems that your injury or pain is persistent, you may benefit from a digital recovery program, one-on-one physician visits, and a physical therapy regimen. Shoulder swings, finger walks, and wrist stretches can all help reduce the amount of arm pain that you have to endure. The smartest and safest place to start is to reach out to an expert in the first place!

What to look out for when choosing mobile health treatment:

  • No extra devices or hardware. Accessibility from your own smartphone means you can get started right away, and may not need to incur extra costs. 
  • Multi-specialty. When recovering from arm pain, you need more than just physical therapy. A complete mobile health treatment for arm pain should touch on all factors that can assist you in reducing pain. This includes pain management techniques, learning how to eat to reduce inflammation, lifestyle habit changes and helping you understand your condition better.
  • Access to 1:1 doctor visits. Getting the individualized attention you need is critical to assessment, diagnosis and simply feeling heard.
  • Expert care team (since location is not limiting). You’re no longer bound by location restraints, as mHealth gives you the ability to see health professionals regardless of location.
  • Easy-to-use technology. The more streamlined it is, the better. Ease of use can make your experience feel friendlier and more efficient.

Let a Digital Recovery Professional Help You Recover

If you’ve been dealing with arm pain and want to seek out help, you can. The digital recovery professionals with PeerWell can help you get diagnosed, treated and find your way to less pain! Because mobile health has made getting treatment so much easier, even people with the busiest schedules receive the help they need. 

With PeerWell, beginning your journey to feeling better is as simple as sitting down in the comfort of your own home, and talking directly to your friendly care coordinator.

As a PeerWell Health patient, you’ll receive:

  • Live doctor visits
  • Weekly Physical Therapy sessions
  • Dedicated Care Coordinator to support you
  • Access to multi-specialty virtual care visits
  • Daily guided exercises, mindfulness techniques, nutrition tips for reducing inflammation, and education about your arm pain and condition
  • All of the above via your smartphone or tablet.

A digital recovery professional will assess your condition, intake your medical history, and help you craft a physical therapy treatment meant to restore your lost mobility. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment, you can get in touch with the PeerWell team today.

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