Dr. Jonathan Oheb provides solutions for when the pain of pronator teres syndrome strikes.
If you clicked on this article, you likely know just what pronator teres syndrome is. So what should you do when it becomes painful?
Several Options for Relief of Pronator Teres Pain
There are several options, according to Jonathan Oheb, MD, North Valley Orthopedic Institute, Chief of Orthopedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.
“Resting the forearm muscles, splinting to prevent forearm prono-supination, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories are the mainstay of conservative treatment for pronator teres syndrome,” says Dr. Oheb.
“This is continued for a minimum of three to six months before any surgery is considered.”
Prono-supination refers to rotating the forearm from palm-down to palm-up.
As your treating physician about splinting. A splint should still allow elbow movement.
But pain will be mostly prevented if the movement that causes it is stopped — with a splint.
Otherwise, consciously trying to remember to avoid rotating the forearm will prove difficult in day to day life.
For fast pain relief, the NSAIDs may begin working within 45 minutes, but don’t let this give you a false sense of security that you can then rotate the arm as freely as the other one.
The structure still needs rest from its function, which is where the splinting comes in.
For immediate relieve of the pain, apply ice. Sometimes the pain is in the form of a very annoying ache. There may also be tenderness when the area is pressed with fingertips.
- Physical therapy. Stick to your physical therapy assignments.
How well do pain pills work for the discomfort of pronator teres syndrome?
“Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories help with pain as well as with decreasing inflammation and the secondary damage that inflammation causes to the nerve,” says Dr. Oheb.
NSAIDs include Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Meloxicam.
Be patient yet dedicated. Surgery for correcting the pain of pronator teres syndrome should be an option when all conservative approaches have failed.