Stabbing pain in the upper arm is an extremely common problem among the older generation of people. Twenty-five percent of females and fifteen percent of males experience upper arm pain. There can be various causes. Some of them have been listed down below for your convenience.

Causes of Stabbing Pain in Upper Arm

  • Adhesive capsulitis or Frozen Shoulder

A frozen shoulder is a type of condition where the shoulder stiffens gradually. It, therefore, causes stabbing pain in the arm and shoulders every time you move them. As a result, you may experience difficulty sleeping at night.

  • Cervical disc disease or Neck Arthritis

Neck arthritis can result in bone spurs that form around the spinal cord and the nerves. These can pressurize the nerves present in the neck, which can, in turn, cause severe pain in the arm, shoulders, and neck.

  • Shoulder arthritis

Another main possible cause of pain in the upper arm is shoulder arthritis. It can become more intense with aging. Moreover, you will be at a higher risk of getting shoulder arthritis case you have a shoulder injury.


The doctor will perform the following tests to diagnose the stabbing pain in the upper arm.

  • Heart Tests
  • Physical examination
  • Radiographs

Treatment of stabbing pain in the upper arm

At home, you can do certain exercises such as meditation and yoga to reduce your arm pain. Similarly, applying heat or ice can loosen joints and muscles that have become tight and lower the amount of swelling.


In case you need a shoulder pain specialist in Pune for your arm pain, Contact Dr. Vikram Rajguru at the Prolotherapy Clinic in Pune.


Dr. Vikram Rajguru is one of India’s first Interventional Regenerative Orthopedic and OrthoBiologic surgeons. He is one of a handful of surgeons in the nation that is both an Orthopedic Surgeon and an expert in the field of Interventional Regenerative Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

The Prolotherapy Clinic (PTC®) was founded by Dr. Rajguru as a response to the shortcomings so evident in traditional medicine, which largely places a premium on high patient turnover while neglecting long-term health care. PTC® is India’s first center dedicated to practicing regenerative procedures like Prolotherapy in an Orthopedic clinical setting.