What is forearm pain?

Forearm pain refers to any type of pain or discomfort of the arm between the wrist and the elbow. Pain in the forearm can arise from injury or inflammation that affects any of the tissues of the forearm, including the muscles, bones, blood vessels, tendons, and skin. Forearm pain can happen to anyone and is often related to a traumatic or repetitive use injury.

Treatment for forearm pain depends on the cause of the pain. Mild forearm pain may go away with rest, home remedies, such as cold compresses, or over-the-counter pain medications. In more serious cases, forearm pain may require medical treatment, such as prescription medication, surgery, or physical therapy.

Causes of forearm pain frequently include sports injuries, overuse injuries, fractures, pinched nerves, or accidents. Forearm pain may also be related to a general infection, such as the common cold, that causes body aches, or to an infection of the tissues of the forearm itself. In rare cases, forearm pain may be linked to a benign growth, such as a cyst, or even a malignant tumor.

Recovery from forearm pain depends on the type, location and cause of the pain. In general, forearm pain can be treated effectively.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you have forearm pain linked to a severe fracture, such as a bone protruding from the skin, or if your forearm pain accompanied by severe bleeding, paralysis, or numbness.

If your forearm pain is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.


What other symptoms might occur with forearm pain?

Forearm pain may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Musculoskeletal symptoms that may occur along with forearm pain

Forearm pain may accompany other symptoms affecting the muscles, bones, tendons and cartilage including:


What causes forearm pain?

Forearm pain is caused by damage to the muscles, tendons, bones, or other tissues that make up the forearm. Forearm pain is usually the result of injury, such as a sports injury, or inflammation. Forearm pain may also be related to an infection, a growth, a nerve problem, or even cancer.

Common causes of forearm pain

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 2, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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