Falling is dangerous especially for our arms, but why? Because our brain instantly sends impulses to activate arms to reduce the fall damage, that way your falling onto your arms instead of falling on your chest and even face. That is why we have arm pain after fall. But if it already happened what can we do now?
The arm pain after fall can be caused by many factors, like simple bruises and wounds, or even a broken bone, also dislocated joints are common. But the real question is what we can do about it? At first, you check your arm for any wounds or burns, because bruises will show up only after a few hours after fall. If you can’t find any of those and also the Arm is in pain for more than 2 days then an orthopedic visit can be unavoidable. The doctor will check your current health condition.
You should avoid putting stress on that arm during the process of healing, like lifting and holding things, try to use your second hand instead. Also, regular consultations will make you less stressed about that injury.
If your arm was dislocated then there is a high chance that it moved back in the right place after a few seconds from the incident, so it could damage the nearby muscles and that is the cause of most pain. The dislocated arm will need 2-6 weeks to heal, and in this time you will feel pain when you move your arm. Sometimes dislocated arm can also damage nerves, so it’s also important for you to visit a neurologist if you can still feel the pain after 6 weeks. You should use pain reliever ointments once a day until it’s fully healed.
Wounds and bruises
That is the less dangerous what could happen to you, so if your arm has some wounds and that is all that gives you pain then you should be safe, but it’s important to prevent infections, so check nearby drug stores for hydrogen dioxide or visit your own bathroom. If you’re good at handling pain then salt and alcohol will help you disinfect the wound, but that’s going to hurt a lot!
unfortunately, the fall could be the cause of a broken arm. It’s hard to check if that’s the cause of your pain, but if you touch the place where the bone is you will feel strong pain in that spot, also sometimes your bone can be even fully visible, but if you want to know more about broken arm and how long will it take to heal we have a full article about this topic so make sure to check it out! Most important in that case for you is to call an ambulance and medics will do the rest.
Accident during sports
It happened to me about a year ago during my weekly bouldering sessions. When I was climbing a difficult route, my left arm was lower than my chest holding tight to a wall, and then my legs slipped from the rock that I was standing on… unfortunately, I was so focused on holding that wall with my left arm that when I fall, my arm was still there holding it. The reset of my falling body pulled that arm with a strong force, and when I was on the ground my arm was dislocated from the shoulder, but it instantly get back into the right place.
The arm pain after fall was that huge that one of my friends called an ambulance, but they’ve said that has a low priority so I was left alone with my friend… The next day I’ve consulted my orthopedist, and we did some X-rays, but everything with bones was fine, even ultrasound tests didn’t show anything bad, but my arm still was in huge pain.
In the end, I’ve waited about 6 months until the pain was finally gone!
In summary – Arm pain after fall
Arm pain can be sometimes unbearable, in that case, use pain reliever ointments, and if that’s not enough call an orthopedist and neurologist, they both will have some ways to help you, also if they both won’t have any idea how to help you, try to consult with a physiotherapist, and do some rehabilitation. Arm pain is hard to deal with because we do a lot of things throughout our day with that arm, and it’s even worse when that is our right arm because most people are right-handed then simple daily tasks are going to be hard.
In my case, it was easier because I’ve injured my left arm, and I’m also right-handed. Avoid doing anything that can give you pain, like lifting things with that hand. If less your arm will be used the faster it will heal!