What is Forearm Pain?
Forearm pain is discomfort or pain that occurs in your forearm and is one of the most commonly reported ergonomic related issues. It can occur on its own or can be present with elbow, wrist, hand and/or finger pain. Typically the pain or discomfort symptoms can only be felt when you are moving your hands or fingers. This is because many of the muscles that control your hand and finger movements are located in your forearm. Less commonly, the pain can be present even when you aren't moving your hand or fingers.
There are two main areas people experience forearm pain:
1) Anterior Forearm = Wrist Flexor Muscles
2) Posterior Forearm = Wrist Extensor Muscles
What Causes Forearm Pain?
Overuse of your forearm muscles is the most common cause of forearm pain. Given the amount of time people spend gripping and using a computer mouse, it is easy to see how your forearm muscles can become overused and fatigued.
Other conditions that lead to forearm pain include:
Tenosynovitis - inflammation of the tendon sheath in your forearm. It is more likely to occur in the forearm since some of the longest tendons start here and extend all the way to the finger.
Medial epicondylitis - inflammation of the tendons that attach to the medical epicondyle of the humerus at the elbow. It is commonly known as golfer’s elbow.
Lateral epicondylitis - inflammation of the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle of the humerus. It is commonly known as tennis elbow.
How is Forearm Pain Treated?
Initial treatment should generally involve resting the affected arm for at least a few weeks, in order to help the inflammation to reduce. During this time you should also avoid any activities that may aggravate your symptoms. If you consult with a Physiotherapist, you may find they recommend an arm brace. This will help to support your arm and reduce any aggravation. Applying ice packs can also help reduce your inflammation.
Forearm pain will most often resolve on its own with the correct treatment.
What Ergonomic Equipment is Recommended for Forearm Pain?
It is important to consider your working environment when looking at treating Forearm Pain. We recommend you consult with your GP and a Physiotherapist, in order to get a definitive diagnosis and any medical treatment that you may require. Once your symptoms are beginning to improve, you may want to try to re-introduce using a computer mouse and keyboard again. Remember to start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time you use your mouse and keyboard for.
Many people with forearm pain find that using a computer mouse aggravates their symptoms. If this is the case, you may need to consider changing to an ergonomic mouse.
Ergonomic mice, place your wrist and forearm in a more natural posture that helps to reduce the amount of strain on your forearm muscles. We recommend the below ergonomic mice and forearm supports:
Delux vertical ergonomic mouse. This particular mouse will place your hand and arm in a more natural posture which will help to reduce the tension in your forearm muscles.
Ease Vertical Ergonomic Mouse - The Ease Vertical Mouse is extremely comfortable and relaxing to use. It features two short-cut buttons (non-programmable), a scroll wheel, and is specifically customized to promote the most comfortable upper limb biomechanics for operating a computer mouse. It is completely wireless and simply to use, simply plug in the wireless USB receiver into your computer, install the batteries and you're ready to go.
Ergonomic Arm Stand - The Ergonomic Arm Stand Set is designed to provide users with a moveable forearm rest and ergonomically positioned mouse pad. Its unique ergonomic design allows you to move your arm and hand freely, comfortably and effortlessly to perform your computer tasks. It features three pivot points and 2 adjustable hinges which can each be adjusted in height/angle to allow for your own individual preference for how you set it up.
Need Further Help?
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