Forearm Muscle Strain Treatment
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How to Treat Forearm Muscle Strain
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:
- Rest-Do not do activities that cause pain.
- Ice-Apply cold to the injured area for 15-20 minutes, four times a day for several days after the injury. Do not apply the cold directly to the skin.
- Compression and elevation-This can decrease swelling.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)-These can help relieve pain. Ask your doctor if NSAIDs are right for you.
- Heat-Use heat only when you are returning to activity. Then use it before stretching or getting ready to exercise.
- Stretching -When the acute pain is gone, start gentle stretching. Stay within pain limits. Hold each stretch about 10 seconds and repeat six times. Repeat stretching four times a day.
- Strengthening -When a muscle is injured, it becomes weaker because it is not used. You must gradually regain strength. Do this under your doctor's care.
Your doctor may also recommend that you do:
- Physical therapy-to strengthen and condition your hand, wrist, and arm
- Occupational therapy-to learn better movements for doing your job if you injured your forearm at work
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