Forearm Pain Treatment
Just about everyone will suffer some degree of forearm pain in their lifetime. For most people, their forearm pain will be a direct result of performing some sort of repetitive task or sport that involves excessive wrist extension combined with a tight grip on an object. So what are your best forearm pain treatment options when it strikes?
As with any type of injury or pain, prevention is always a better treatment option. But for those who neglect physical fitness and prefer to go “all out” when they take on a new sport or activity, injuries and pain are simply inevitable.
What types of activities can cause forearm pain? As mentioned earlier, the majority of forearm pain is brought on by performing activities that involves using a tight grip on an object combined with wrist extension. For example, using a screwdriver to turn a screw, playing tennis or any other raquet sport, if you’re a chef – using knives day in and day out, hairdressers using scissors, construction workers using hammers and power tools, even simply raking the lawn or shoveling snow can all cause forearm pain.
But to make matters worse, if your forearm pain continues past a few days, there could be something more serious going on then just “forearm pain”. Especially if the location of your forearm pain is on the outside of your forearm near your elbow. If this is the case for you, then you could be suffering from the most common type of forearm and elbow injury called tennis elbow.
You should first know that you don’t have to play tennis to suffer from a tennis elbow injury. In fact, 95% of reported cases every year are from non-tennis players. The reason it’s called tennis elbow is because the first ever reported case of this injury was by a tennis player, so the name stuck. Tennis elbow is most commonly described as pain and inflammation in the upper forearm near the outside of the elbow.
Overtime, the repetitive nature of performing tasks that involve wrist extension with a tight grip on an object can cause small micro tears in the extensor tendon that attaches to the lateral epicondyle at the elbow. You may experience pain that sometimes shoots from your elbow down your forearm and into your wrist.
Other potential tennis elbow symptoms can include:
- you notice your grip getting weaker
- you are constantly fumbling with things and frequently drop items
- your arm is sometimes hard to fully straighten and extend, especially in the morning
- gripping a coffee mug causes pain in your forearm and elbow
- shaking someones’ hand or turning a doorknob causes pain
- you have a burning sensation or tenderness on the outside of your upper forearm/elbow
- your elbow pain gets worse when you grip objects
If you can relate to any of the above symptoms, then there is a good chance that your forearm pain is no ordinary pain but something more serious called tennis elbow.
So what’s your best options for forearm and elbow pain treatment?
As someone who can completely relate to the pain you are experiencing right now, I can tell you that curing tennis elbow is actually quite easy and doesn’t require a big financial or time investment.
All it really takes to treat forearm pain and completely cure your tennis elbow for good are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort of your own living room, sitting in your comfy chair watching your favorite television show – without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!