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What is referred pain in the forearm?



Referred pain is a term used to describe a sensation of pain that is felt in a location other than the site of an injury. Referred pain in the forearm is when pain is felt in the forearm but the cause of the pain is located elsewhere. Physiotherapy is a successful way to treat referred pain in the forearm.


What can cause referred pain in the forearm?



Referred pain in the forearm can be caused by numerous structures in the neck, shoulder, upper arm and elbow.


Soft tissue massage of the muscle and tendons in the forearmAbove: Soft tissue massage of the muscle and tendons in the forearm



What are the symptoms of referred pain in the forearm?



There are a number of different symptoms that may be associated with referred pain in the forearm. Possible symptoms can include:

What should I do if I have referred pain in my forearm?



If you suspect that you have referred pain in your forearm then you should arrange a physiotherapy assessment as soon as possible.


What shouldn’t I do if I have referred pain in my forearm?



If you suspect that you have referred pain in your forearm then you should not ignore the pain in the hope that it will go away. Your pain could get worse without the correct treatment.


Soft tissue massage of the muscle and tendons in the forearmAbove: Soft tissue massage of the muscle and tendons in the forearm



Physiotherapy for referred pain in the forearm.



Physiotherapy is very important in the successful treatment of referred pain in the forearm. Initially, your physiotherapist can determine the exact cause of your pain, the tissue/s damaged and the extent of the damage. From this your physiotherapist can provide you with an approximate timeframe for recovery and develop a treatment programme specifically for you. Other physiotherapy treatment includes:

Can referred pain in the forearm have any long-term effects?



Yes, if the cause of the pain is left untreated then referred pain in the forearm can persist for long periods of time.

To arrange a physiotherapy appointment call Physio.co.uk on 0330 088 7800 or book online.