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.

  • Forearm Splints

    Forearm splints is 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal tunnel syndrome causes a dull ache in the wrist and forearm with pain which may radiate into the hand and fingers. It is often worse at night.

  • Forearm Pain

    Pain in the forearm can be sudden onsest (acute) and include fractures of either the radius or ulna bones. Gradual onset 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.