Pain often occurs between the wrist and the elbow. The pain resulting from a forearm injury is exerienced as tenderness, ache, tightness and often an inability to perform repetitive tasks. Most commonly, forearm pain results from repetitive sress such as tennis, golf and typing.
These symptoms can occur from:
- Pulled and/or strained muscles
- Muscle ruptures or small tears
- Acute injury may occur from a direct blow, fall, or any extreme twisting, bending, or jamming action.
- Tendonitis, such as tennis elbow or golfers elbow. Tennis elbow is a painful condition caused by inflammation or small tears of the forearm muscles and tendons on the outside or inside of the elbow. Tennis elbow is caused by overloading the forearm muscles through repetitive stress and poor technique.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, another repetitive stress disorder, affecting the nerves and tendons of the wrist and forearm.
RCCE is the best treatment for forearm muscle pain. The RCCE method decreases pain and inflammation, thereby enabling a full and speedy recovery.
Rest and limit your activity. Use a brace, splint or cast.
Treat your forearm with Cold 2-3 times/day for approximately 10 minutes at a time to help reduce blood flow and fluid build up. Gel packs are a better option than frozen peas if possible, as they mold to your body shape and are reusable.
Compress the area if possible by adding light pressure to minimize swelling (make sure the compress is snug, but not too tight as it could cause numbness, tingling or more pain).
Elevate your arm above chest level to relieve the pressure from swelling and allow fluid to drain from your injured area. Gentle massage around area will also help to prevent stiffness.