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5 Potential Pain in One Forearm Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Buckle Fracture of Distal Radius

    A buckle fracture of the wrist, also known as a torus fracture, is a condition that are most common in children aged 5-10 years due to the elasticity of their bones. This fracture occurs when force is applied to the radius (one of the two bones of the forearm), causing the bone to split along the growth plate.

    3 weeks in a cast, no need for follow up.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    constant forearm pain, forearm pain from an injury, pain in one forearm, swollen forearm, wrist injury
    Symptoms that always occur with buckle fracture of distal radius:
    forearm pain from an injury, constant forearm pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Non - Specific Forearm Pain

    Forearm pain can be caused by a host of things, but is often idiopathic (without cause).

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one forearm, spontaneous forearm pain
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific forearm pain:
    spontaneous forearm pain, pain in one forearm
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow

    Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow is the compression of the ulnar nerve, causing numbness and/or weakness in the hands.

    Mild symptoms resolve on their own, severe disease resolves with surgery

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    hand weakness, weakness in one hand, numbness in one hand, pain in one elbow, pain in one forearm
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Bruised Forearm

    A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the forearm are common, often due to minor injuries.

    Bruises begin to heal within one week.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    constant forearm pain, pain in one forearm, forearm pain from an injury, forearm bruise, swelling of one forearm
    Symptoms that always occur with bruised forearm:
    forearm pain from an injury, constant forearm pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Ewing Sarcoma

    Ewing sarcoma is a type of bone cancer often affecting the legs, pelvis, ribs, arms or spine. It can occur anytime during childhood and young adulthood; it is rarely seen in adults.

    Curable with total treatment lasting 8-12 months

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, new headache, fever, rib pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in One Forearm

  • Q.How would you explain your forearm pain?
  • Q.About your [forearm], do you notice:
  • Q.Have someone feel for your pulse (at the wrist) on the side of your body that hurts. Now, turn your head to that side. Does the pulse go away? (This is known as the Adson's test.)
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Pain in One Forearm Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in one forearm have also experienced:

    • 17% Pain in One Arm
    • 13% Upper Arm Pain
    • 7% Pain in One Shoulder
  • People who have experienced pain in one forearm had symptoms persist for:

    • 29% Over a Month
    • 25% Less Than a Day
    • 25% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced pain in one forearm were most often matched with:

    • 26% Non - Specific Forearm Pain
    • 24% Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow
    • 2% Buckle Fracture of Distal Radius
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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