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Arm pain

  • Common ddx

    • arm strain or sprain, contact dermatitis, pinched nerve, neuropathy
  • Serious ddx

    • angina, heart attack, fracture, bone tumor
  • Labs

    • EKG if suspect cardio
    • xray if suspect fracture or tumor
    • MRI if suspect neuro
  • Skin ddx

    • contact dermatitis
  • Muscle ddx

    • arm strain or sprain, biceps tendon rupture, bicipital tendonitis
  • Bone ddx

    • bone tumor, fracture, osteomyelitis
  • Neuro ddx

    • radiculopathy, neuropathy, ulnar, median nerve injury
  • Cardio ddx

    • angina, heart attack
  • HPI

    • onset
    • quality, quantity
    • location, distribution of pain
    • aggravates, alleviates
  • ROS

    • chest pain, dyspnea
    • exercise hx
    • paresthesia, muscle weakness
    • rash
    • fever
  • PMH

    • heart dz
    • cancer
    • radiculopathy
    • osteoporosis
  • FH

    • heart dz
  • SH

    • hx of arm exercise
  • Meds, allergies

  • Px

    • vitals
    • cardio, pulm
    • inspection, palpation, ROM
    • neuro: sensation, strength, reflex

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