Aching forearm

A dull pain or ache in the forearm can be associated with soreness on wrist flexion or extension. Aching forearm can be from an ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow or a compression of the nerve. The extensor muscles of the wrist can become tight causing an aching forearm and in some circumstance the ache can be associated with finger or wrist pain. An aching forearm can also be associated with a burning pain due to referral from the neck (cervical spine) where an injury as occurred.

An inflamed tendon can also cause aching forearm pain, which is common in tennis elbow. Injuries and conditions that cause this symptom are listed below:
  • Pronator Teres Syndrome

    Pronator teres syndrome is an entrapment of the median nerve, where it passes between the two parts of the pronator teres muscle in the arm causing pain, numbness and tingling in the forearm and hand. As the name indicates, pronating the hand (turning the hand with the palm facing down) can cause and exacerbate this arm injury.

  • Forearm Splints

    Forearm splints are similar to shin splints in the lower leg, although far less common. It comes on gradually, occurring in those who repetitively use their wrist, contracting the forearm muscles. The pain in the arm is normally dull and increases with movement, so resting from the activity is the simplesst way to help this injury.

  • Anterior Interosseous Syndrome

    Anterior Interosseous Syndrome is an entrapment neuropathy of the anterior interosseous nerve - a branch of the Median nerve. This nerve branches off from the median nerve, just above the inner elbow. In this condition, the nerve becomes compressed, causing symptoms like pain in the upper arm and difficulty moving the thumb, index finger and middle finger.

  • RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury

    Repetitive Strain Injury

    RSI or repetitive strain injury is a general term rather than a specific diagnosis used to describe gradual onset pain usually in the forearm, wrist and hand. RSI is a term that covers several different causes of wrist pain, but all are exacerbated by certain repetitive movements, whether they're from sport or from work. We look in more detail at the causes and treatments of this wrist injury.

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common cause of wrist pain. A dull ache is felt in the wrist and forearm with pain which may radiate into the hand and fingers. It is often worse at night and a tingling sensation can be felt. We explain the symptoms, causes, and treatment including exercises and surgery.

  • Forearm Pain

    Pain in the forearm can be sudden onset (acute) and include fractures of either the radius or ulna bones. Gradual onset of pain in the forearm can be caused by nerve impingements or from overuse of the wrist. Or from referred pain higher up the arm or shoulder.