Forearm Pain

Ergonomic Considerations

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.

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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: 

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Tenosynovitis

Tenosynovitis is 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. 

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Medial Epicondylitis

Medial Epicondylitis is inflammation of the tendons that attach to the medical epicondyle of the humerus at the elbow. It is commonly known as golfer’s elbow. 

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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 Mouse 

A vertical mouse will help to put your wrist in a neutral posture. This change in working posture will help to alleviate some of the pain symptoms you may be experiencing. Below is our top 3 recommended Ergonomic Mice for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.


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ErgoFeel Vertical Mouse

The ErgoFeel Vertical Ergonomic Mouse is a great choice for anyone experiencing Forearm Pain. The mouse is designed to place your wrist in a more comfortable posture that will help to reduce the stress on your forearm muscles. 

  • Wired or Wireless Models

  • Left or Right Hand Models

  • Ideal for Forearm Pain

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Ease Vertical Mouse

The Ease Vertical Ergonomic Mouse has a lovely curvature that fits ever so nicely in the palm of your hand. The addition of a molded thumb rest also makes it easy to grip. Similar to the ErgoFeel Mouse, it will help to change your wrist posture and alleviate over use of your forearm muscles.

  • Wireless Model

  • Left or Right Hand Models

  • Ideal for Forearm Pain

Ergonomic mouse for forearm pain

Delux Vertical Mouse

Our customers go crazy for this mouse. Yes, this mouse has a following! People love the design of the Delux Vertical Mouse. It is designed to mimic a joystick / cylinder. This combined with the wrist rest guard at the back, make it really easy to just rest your hand on the mouse and not have to grip. There is something oh so comfortable about this mouse and similar to two mice above, it can help to reduce your forearm pain.

  • Wireless Model

  • Right Hand Model

  • Ideal for Forearm Pain

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