Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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What's That Pain In My Arm?

Monday, 06 Dec 2010 11:41 AM

Question: I’m experiencing pain in both of my forearms. I also feel a lot of pain on the palm of my right hand as I move the mouse on my computer. Do you think this pain is from arthritis?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Most likely, the pain in your forearms is from lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, which occurs due to a strain in the lateral ligaments of the elbow — whether or not you play tennis. Symptoms of tennis elbow include pain in the forearm and elbow when moving the wrist in a circular direction, such as when using a screwdriver or opening a door. When there is pain in the elbow from moving the mouse on a computer, this is the most likely cause.

Tennis elbow can be quite debilitating. I would suggest finding a good chiropractor or a skilled osteopath who can manipulate the muscles and bones of the forearm and the elbow. Simply stretching the forearm against the wall to its full, extended position also will help. Finally, I suggest getting a tennis elbow splint and placing it on the forearm during waking hours.

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