Upper limb problems

Here we list some common upper limb problems that we treat along with the self-help resources we recommend. There are links to useful information and tips on how you can manage your condition. We've also general advice on how to ease and control pain

If your limb problem involves some form of arthritis, you can use Arthritis Research UK’s A-Z of arthritic conditions to find out more. There’s also a wide range of practical self-help advice in its Arthritis and daily life section.


Includes arthritis, tendon problems (rotator cuff tears or inflammation), frozen shoulder  and instability.

Arthritis Research UK: shoulder pain 


Includes arthritis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, tendon injuries and cubital tunnel syndrome.

Arthritis Research UK: elbow pain

Wrist and hand

Includes arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, ligament injuries, trigger finger/thumb, wrist instability, avascular necrosis, Dupuytren’s disease, tenosynovitis and ganglions.

NHS Inform: wrist and hand pain


Includes arthritis, disc problems, headaches, dizziness, trapped nerves, spondylosis, spondylitis, wear and tear problems and whiplash injuries.

Arthritis Research UK: neck pain