Elbow and Forearm Pain
Pain in the forearm or elbow is very widespread and there are many causes. Common injuries include tennis elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) and golfers elbow (Medial Epicondylitis); tendinitis, which occurs when the tendons become swollen or irritated; and carpal tunnel syndrome, caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. Arm pain may also be referred from another part of the body, such as the neck or back. Debilitating arm pain should be examined by a healthcare professional at the earliest opportunity, as it is important to make an accurate diagnosis.
Forearm and elbow pain is commonly caused by injury resulting from job or sports- related activity, such as repetitive movement or a sudden impact to the elbow or forearm, causing a bone to break or muscle and connective tissue to tear or rupture. Arm pain may also be caused by a pre-existing medical condition.
Treatment can include one or more of the following:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Ice and heat treatment
- Surgery (if symptoms persist)
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