Forearm tendinitis is the inflammation of the tendons within the forearm. This condition commonly occurs in people who strain their arms repeatedly. Overexertion of the arms pulls on the tendons of the arm and causes them to become damaged and inflamed. The effects of forearm tendinitis may only be felt several hours after doing strenuous movements with the affected limbs. Here is how to effectively assess unusual symptoms and determine whether you have forearm tendinitis.
- Determine the area of the pain. The most prominent symptom of forearm tendinitis is pain, because pain is designed to grab the brain’s attention to areas of the body that are damaged. Locate your pain and note the areas of your body where you feel it. Move your entire arm, including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingers to know the extent of the tendinitis. Touch areas of your arm and notice if it causes pain.
- Describe the pain. The pain of forearm tendinitis is a constant ache and not a sharp pain that appears and disappears in quick succession. The pain is aggravated when the affected part is moved abruptly or repeatedly. Forearm tendinitis pain is most noticeable after waking up, because the structures of the arm have rested during the night and are unaccustomed to the movement that is made upon waking up.
- Move the painful area. Forearm tendinitis involves swelling not only of the tendons in the arm, but also of nearby muscles and tissues. Move the limb that you suspect to have forearm tendinitis, and see if your arm works properly. Do a variety of movements with your arm such as lifting, pulling, pushing, bending, twisting and circling. If doing the movements is difficult and aggravates the pain, forearm tendinitis may be the reason.
- Inspect the affected area. Examine your arm and the surrounding structures and see whether there are areas that are larger than usual. Look for unusual bumps or raised areas on your arm. Notice deformed or misaligned structures on your arm. You may find reddish or bruised areas on your skin that indicate the presence of forearm tendinitis.
- Feel your arm. A sign of inflammation is an increase in temperature. Feel your arm and notice whether areas of your arm is warmer than your overall body temperature. You may experience warmth, tenderness or itchiness in the arm with forearm tendinitis. If you feel numbness in your hands or a tingling sensation in your fingers, tendinitis may be interfering with the sensations from your fingers and causing the symptoms.
- Review your activities. Forearm tendinitis is caused by previous overexertion of the tendons in the arm. Remember what you did before you have felt pain in your arm. If you have exerted or strained your arm, or if you have gotten an arm injury, you may have acquired forearm tendinitis.
Assessing forearm tendinitis involves paying attention to symptoms and reviewing your activities prior to experiencing the symptoms. Determining whether the symptoms indicate forearm tendinitis means knowing the specific symptoms for the condition. Do all the tests mentioned above for a more accurate diagnosis.