What is brachialgia

Brachialgia, otherwise known as arm pain, is a condition resulting from pressure on nerve roots in the cervical curve. It is a condition from the radiculopathy group (like sciatica) Please be aware! Brachialgia is only a symptom, not a disease. You need to diagnose and cure the cause to prevent reoccurrence. For this, you must immediately see the doctor, preferably an orthopaedist.

Brachialgia symptoms

Patients suffering from brachialgia complain about:
  • sudden (usually in the morning) one sided pain radiating from the neck to the hand
  • afflictions in the shoulder blades or chest area
  • occasional neurological symptoms such as tingling, burning, paresis, or numbness in the affected hand
The symptoms described above may intensify when moving the head or neck, or when coughing. In the first stage of the disease the afflictions are not severe: the patient feels pain in the neck, but if the disease spreads, then symptoms are felt in the shoulder girdle, and in increasingly lower parts of the arm. Additional symptoms can include numbness and muscle weakness. The sharp phase of brachialgia may last up to 3-4 weeks, and symptoms usually fade away without treatment. Unfortunately, they usually reoccur. Irritation of nerve roots which causes the pain may be the result of several factors:
  • pressure (discopathy, degenerative changes, excessive muscle tension)
  • inflammation of nerves, or tissue surrounding them
  • injury


Patients who suffer from symptoms of brachialgia should visit a doctor in order to receive proper treatment and rehabilitation. If the problem is neurological it can lead to muscle weakness and even atrophy, if left untreated. If you experience problems regarding your sense of touch (you cannot feel touching, pinching or stroking) in comparison to the other hand, it can be suspected that the nerve atrophy process has already begun. This is followed by muscle atrophy. It is the last resort to turn to medicine if we do not want to suffer from irreversible changes and permanent disability.