Forearm Muscle Strain

(Muscle Strain, Forearm; Pulled Muscle, Forearm)

Definition

A forearm muscle strain is a partial or complete tear of the small fibers of the forearm muscles. Forearm muscles allow you to extend and flex your wrist and fingers.
Muscles of the Hand and Forearm
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Causes

A forearm muscle strain is caused by:
  • Stretching the forearm muscles beyond the amount of tension they can withstand
  • Suddenly putting stress on the forearm muscles when they are not ready for stress
  • Overusing the forearm muscles over time
  • Getting a direct blow to the forearm muscles

Risk Factors

Factors increase your chance of developing forearm muscle strain include:
  • Participation in sports that overuse the forearm
  • Previous strain or injury to the area
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Weak or tired muscles
  • Repetitive movements that strain the forearm muscles

Symptoms

Symptoms may include:
  • Problems flexing your fingers or wrist
  • Pain while stretching the fingers or wrist
  • Area feels tender and sore
  • Muscle spasms
  • Swelling

Diagnosis

You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.Most forearm muscle strains can be diagnosed with a physical exam. Images of the area may be needed if severe damage is suspected. Images may be taken with x-ray or MRI scan . Muscle strains are graded according to their severity:
  • Grade 1—Some stretching with micro tearing of muscle fibers
  • Grade 2—Partial tearing of muscle fibers
  • Grade 3—Complete tearing of muscle fibers.; this may also be called a rupture or avulsion

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