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How do I Treat a Sore Forearm?

By Meshell Powell
Updated May 17, 2024
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A sore forearm is a common problem among those who perform a lot of repetitive motion. For instance, those who work in a vocation that requires swinging a hammer may be prone to having pain in the lower part of the arm. Some sports, including baseball, can also contribute to a sore forearm. If the pain is extreme and the patient thinks there may be muscle damage, a trip to the doctor may be in order. For pain associated with normal, everyday tasks, however, there are several methods of treatment that can be carried out at home, including massage, stretching, and ice application.

Applying ice to a sore forearm is often the first method of treatment recommended. The use of an ice pack can often reduce any muscle swelling or inflammation that may have occurred as a result of the muscle strain. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen can also help reduce both the pain and inflammation. It is generally a good idea to rest the muscle as much as possible for the first couple of days following any type of injury.

Gentle massage is often a useful treatment for a sore forearm. Sometimes, pain in this area of the body can actually originate in the neck and shoulders. Therefore, massaging these areas can also prove to be beneficial. Wrapping an object such as a tennis ball in a sock and using it to carefully massage sore muscles often works wonders for this type of pain. Another option is to visit a massage therapist who specializes in this type of pain.

Gentle stretching exercises can often help to reduce the pain of a sore forearm. However, if this stretching leads to an increase in pain, it should be discontinued until the patient has seen a physician in order to make sure there is no significant muscle damage. The doctor may recommend a visit to a physical therapist who can help the patient to create a safe exercise program for the sore muscles.

If the above methods do not provide adequate relief or if the pain and inflammation become worse, it is important to see a doctor to obtain a proper diagnosis. If the muscles or ligaments in the arm have been significantly damaged, more aggressive forms of treatment may become necessary. For instance, if the muscle tissue has been torn or if a ligament has been torn away from the bone, surgery to repair the damaged tissues may become necessary.

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Discussion Comments
By anon967237 — On Aug 26, 2014

I have been experiencing pain in my right forearm for a couple of weeks. It started suddenly while I was exercising at the gym. The pain gets worse when I do a biceps curl.

By bear78 — On Mar 20, 2013

I think most of us experience pain in our elbows and forearms because we're keeping our hands and arms in incorrect positions for long amounts of time. If we correct our position and also do exercises to strengthen our tendons and muscles, the problem will fix itself.

I go on long trips on my motorcycle and extremely sore, painful forearms have always been my issue. I finally saw a doctor about it who told me to wear a strap on my arm while riding. The strap keeps my arm and wrist in the correct position eliminating the pressure that strains the tendons and muscles in my forearm. I haven't had any soreness since I started using it.

I've also been doing some wrist and arm exercises to strengthen my muscles and I think that has helped as well.

By literally45 — On Mar 20, 2013

@turkay1-- Yea, that's fine. I do the same thing in the shower when I have tennis elbow symptoms. I shower in cool water first and then I switch to hot water and then back to cool water again.

I learned this from my physical therapist. The application of cold and heat on sore, strained muscles relieves inflammation and pain. It also helps ripped muscles recover faster. You actually discovered a great, easy treatment on your own.

Aside from this, I just make sure that I get enough rest and I take pain relievers if I need to. My symptoms usually go away after several days.

By candyquilt — On Mar 20, 2013

I experience soreness in both of my forearms after I lift weights at the gym. I usually apply an ice pack first and then I apply heat. I alternate between the two until the pain is gone.

Since it works, I never thought about whether this is good or not. It's okay right?

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