Forearm pain is a common complaint experienced by many people. Pain in the lower arm is not just ordinary aches or pains. Your arms will feel like they are fastened until they are hard to move.
What are the cause of lower arm pain?
There are many causes that can cause arm pain, especially the lower arm, from injury to certain medical conditions that cause damage to nerves, bones or joints. Here are some reasons:
1. Lower Arm Injury
Injuries that occur like falling, bumping hard, or pinched. Yes, these injuries can cause fractures in the forearm bones or damage the condition of the ligaments and tendons that are in the forearm. As a result, stabbing or nagging pain arises.
2. Overuse Lower Arm
Overuse lower arm. Some sports such as tennis or lifting weights give very heavy emphasis on the muscles in the forearm. This condition can make the muscles tighten and eventually pain occurs after exercise.
In addition, excessive computer use can also cause muscle stiffness in the forearm, which is known as a repetitive strain injury. This condition is often found in office employees who use computers every day.
3. Lower Arm Arthritis
Arthritis can occur in the arms or elbows, causing pain in the forearm. The characteristics of you experiencing arthritis are that pain can arise even when you are not moving and use your forearm at all and appear red around the affected joint.
4. Carpal tunnel syndrome
The condition of carpal tunnel syndrome makes the nerves in the wrist that lead to the fingers begin to narrow, due to this narrowing the nerves eventually get stressed, and over time will cause pain.
5. Poor posture
Body postures such as bending can also affect your forearm. When your shoulder is curled forward, it can compress the nerves in the lower arm.
6. Lower Arm Nerve Issue
Your forearm pain can also be a side effect of another medical condition that affects the forearm nerves, such as diabetes or thyroid disorders.
Lower Arm Treatments
Rest your hands
Reducing activities involving the forearm will help injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones or nerves to recover soon. People who are active in exercise should avoid or reduce the use of their forearms during the exercise until the pain subsides.
You can also use pain reliever or anti-inflammatory medication to treat the forearm pain. More clearly, consult with your doctor which drug is the most appropriate to overcome your problem.
Lower Arm Immobilization
In severe cases that make the lower arm very painful, a person may need to have strokes to limit movement and keep the problematic part of the bone immobilized for some time by wearing lower arm brace.
Cold compress, then warm compress
Cold compresses can help reduce inflammation and pain. After no more swelling or inflammation occurs, you can give warm compresses.
Lower Arm Physiotherapy
Lower arm physiotherapy may recommend stretching to reduce forearm pain. However, you should not start training or stretching without the approval of your doctor or physiotherapist. Otherwise, this will only add to the condition of the already painful forearm. Lower arm physiotherapy include wrist extensor stretch, wrist turn, elbow bend.
Lower Arm Injection
Lower Arm Injection is H&L injection and helps to reduce the inflammation.
Lower Arm Surgery
Lower arm surgery may be recommended if symptoms persist if all the conservative treatments failed.