Pain In Arm After Electric Shock: Should I Be Worried?

Pain In Arm After Electric Shock: Should I Be Worried?

Pain in the arm after an electric shock is something to be worried about. Electricity traveling through a person’s arm can cause injuries such as burns, muscle damage, tissue damage, nerve damage, broken bones and dislocations. Pain may be a symptom of these injuries. Prompt medical attention is needed.

What is pain in the arm after electric shock?

Pain in the arm after an electric shock occurs when a person comes into contact with a source of electricity which directly or indirectly sends an electrical current passing through the person’s arm, potentially causing both internal and external injuries.

What if I have swelling in my arm?

Arm pain may be accompanied by swelling of the arm. This phenomenon, which is called “compartment syndrome,” occurs when the shock causes muscle damage that compresses a person’s arteries and, thus, causes a person’s arm or other limbs to swell.

Broken arm

If you’re experiencing extreme pain, then you may have suffered a broken bone caused by the electrical current as it passed through your arm.

What affects the severity pain in the arm after an electric shock?

The factors that will affect the severity of pain resulting include:

  • The amperage of the electrical current
  • The pathway that the electric current takes as it passes through a person’s arm and whether it damages tissue, muscle and/or bone
  • The length of time that a victim was in contact with the electrical source
  • A victim’s health and/or medical condition prior to suffering an electric shock
  • The type of electrical current that’s involved (e.g., direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC))


If you suffer any the following symptoms associated with arm pain, then you should seek immediate medical attention:

  • Burns
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling (the feeling often described as “pins and needles”)
  • Paralysis
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Swelling

Diagnosis and tests for pain in the arm after electric shock

When you seek medical attention, your doctor will conduct a physical examination and ask about how your injury occurred and for details about your medical history.

Your doctor may also order one or more of the following tests to assist in diagnosing the nature of your injury:

  • Electrocardiogram or ECG to check your heart
  • CT scans
  • X-rays (which will detect fractures or dislocations)
  • Check your blood count
  • Run blood and/or urine tests for the presence of muscle enzymes that are indicative of electric shock-related muscle injury

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