• Arm and elbow pain is not usually a sign of something serious.
  • If the pain continues for a few weeks, go see your GP.

Get help from NHS 111 if your arm or elbow:

  • Hurts when you exercise but the pain goes away when you rest.
  • Is swollen and you have a very high temperature or feel hot and shivery.
  • Is extremely painful and difficult to move.
  • Tingles or feels numb.
  • Has been injured and you heard a snapping noise or your arm has changed shape.

Call 999 if:

  • Arm pain has come on suddenly and your chest feels like it’s being squeezed.
  • This could be a sign of a heart attack.

Easy read resources.

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Seated exercises.


Animated video showing how to manage a broken arm.

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Dislocated shoulder.

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