Come to think of it, it also hurt when I pulled things to me. Given this was my dominant arm I was in pain most of the time. In this article, we’ll review the types of injury that affect the forearm such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, forearm strains, and of course my friend the biceps tendon strain. We’ll also discuss how this condition develops and protocols to speed recovery. Fortunately, this article is digital so there are no pages to turn and no risk of making the read more painful.
The Anatomy of the ForearmThe forearm contains two long bones, the radius and the ulna, forming radioulnar joints at the wrist and the elbow. The primary function of the forearm is rotation, the ability to turn our palms either up or down. The forearm contains many muscles, including the flexors and extensors of the digits, a flexor of the elbow (the brachioradialis), and the pronators and supinators that turn the hand face down or upwards, respectively. Muscles on the palm side of the forearms are known as the flexor muscles and are responsible for curling the fingers toward the palm.
The flexor muscles are also responsible for bending the wrists toward the palm as well. Make a fist and bend your wrist towards the inside of the forearm and you will see the flexor muscles, flex. The extensor muscles are found on the opposite side of the forearms and are responsible for bending the wrists toward the back of the hand. They shorten as the wrist bends toward the back of the hand.
Types of Forearm InjuriesThe forearm is in almost constant use – be it in everyday activities, at work, or during sports, and so it is prone to over-use and injury. The most common types of forearm injuries include:
- Joint injuries
- Soft tissue injuries; ligaments, tendons (tendinitis)
- Nerve injuries
Golfer’s elbow manifests on the inside of the elbow, whereas tennis elbow results in pain on the outside of the elbow and forearm. And that bicep tendon related forearm pain? That occurs in the lower bicep near the elbow crease, and the brachioradialis tendon that runs from the lower bicep through the forearm extensors. Virtually any repetitive motion can result in forearm pain, gardening, working with tools, weightlifting, etc.
Health Experts – Recommendations for Forearm Pain
- I.C.E. Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate. The traditional emergency-room advice for forearm injuries and most other joint injuries
- Reduce the activities that created the issue. Sometimes easier said than done as the forearm is used in so many daily activities.
- Massage by a myofascial release expert can also relieve pain.
Topical Supplements for Forearm PainA great topical joint pain supplement should accomplish the following:
- Address the pain
- Support a healthy inflammatory response
- Support bone and joint health
- Hyaluronic Acid