Upper Forearm Pain
For many people who begin an exercise program that incorporates using dumbbells or weights, it is not uncommon to experience upper forearm pain over the first few days. Especially if you have weak forearm muscles or poor grip strength, exercising with dumbbells can cause discomfort and pain as you start out.
The same can be said if you’ve just started a new sport or activity that involves using a tight grip on an object combined with wrist extension or flexion.
For the majority of individuals their upper forearm pain will disappear as they stick with the program or sport and the forearm muscles become stronger and “used” to the tight grip and pressure. But what if you’ve had upper forearm pain for sometime and no matter what you do, it always comes back and may even interfere with your daily activities or affect your work performance.
The first thing I recommend you do is to check to see if you are experiencing any swelling or inflammation. The easiest way to do this is to take a measuring tape and measure around both forearms. Measure your non-affected forearm and then measure your painful forearm. If one is bigger than the other, then there is a good chance that you are experiencing inflammation.
The next option is to locate the exact location of your pain and discomfort. If you have pain and tenderness on the outside of your upper forearm close to your elbow and you feel pain when you pull your fingers back towards your body with your arm extended out in front of you – then there is high probability that your upper forearm pain is not just “normal” forearm pain. You are suffering from a one of the more serious types of elbow injuries called tennis elbow.
There are some other tell tale signs of tennis elbow that you may be able to relate too such as:
- elbow and upper forearm pain when you extend or flex your wrist
- performing twisting actions of the forearm causes upper forearm and elbow pain
- a decrease in grip strength or you notice you drop things more often than before
- a burning sensation, pain or tenderness on the outside of your upper forearm and elbow
- pain and discomfort that sometimes radiates down your forearm and into your wrist
- difficulty in extending or straightening your arm fully, especially in the morning
- you experience elbow or upper forearm pain and discomfort when you turn a doorknob, shake someone’s hand or grip a coffee mug
So if you can answer “Yes” to any of the above statements or you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms, you are suffering from the most commonly reported type of elbow injury – tennis elbow. But don’t worry, you’re not alone!
Now you don’t have to play tennis to suffer from a tennis elbow injury. In fact, over 95% of all reported cases of tennis elbow every year are from non-tennis players. It can really affect anyone at any age!
So what’s your best option for tennis elbow treatment? How do you get rid of your upper forearm pain so it never comes back?
Well, as someone who suffered from tennis elbow and upper forearm pain for many years, I can tell you that you don’t need to shell out hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash on doctors, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory drugs/creams, elbow braces, cortisone shots or worry about invasive surgery.
To be brutally honest with you, all it really takes to stop your upper forearm pain and cure tennis elbow once and for all are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort of home while sitting in your comfy chair watching your favorite television show – without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!