When you are suffering from upper forearm pain, even holding or gripping a coffee mug can be very painful. You may also be noticing that your grip strength is not what it once was and you drop or fumble with things more often than before.
There can be many reasons why you have a painful forearm and it’s important to know whether this is just a one time occurrence or if you have actually suffered some sort of injury that will need to be treated.
Lets examine some reasons why your upper arm pains. Have you recently started a new job, activity, sport, hobby or exercise program? Does it involve using your arm more that you normally would throughout your daily routine? Perhaps you have struck your forearm or take a fall onto it and this is the cause of your pain.
If you can answer “yes” to any of the above questions, then it is likely that your discomfort will disappear within 2-3 days but…
if it’s been longer than 3 days and you still have pain in your upper forearm then these are questions that you need to answer:
- Does the pain increase when you grip down tightly on an object to perform a task. For example, how about if you use a screwdriver, does your elbow/upper arm pain get worse?
- How about arm stiffness? Does your arm feel more stiff than it did before? Have you noticed a decrease in your injured arm’s range of motion?
- How about when you shake someone’s hand or turn a doorknob, is this painful?
- Does the pain sometimes shoot down your upper forearm and into your wrist or hand?
If you’ve answered “yes” to ANY of these 4 questions then this is not just a simple one time forearm injury. You are actually suffering from an elbow condition called tennis elbow.
Before you say, “I don’t play tennis or any other racquet sport”, let me tell you that 95% of tennis elbow cases are from non-tennis players. The primary symptom of tennis elbow is pain and tenderness on the outer/upper side of the forearm at the elbow.
Most tennis elbow sufferers think they have to wear elbow braces, or get painful cortisone shots, take anti-inflammatory pills or spends hundreds of dollars or weeks with a physical therapist to recover from tennis elbow but…
the truth of the matter is that you can completely cure and treat your tennis elbow at home in just 5 simple steps!