Computer-related arm pain. Forearm pain. Computers, keyboards,
and their mice can cause havoc on arms and necks and wrists at
times. If computers and their accessories are an integral part of your life - as they are for so many Colorado Springs
chiropractic clients! – forearm pain may be a problem. Chiropractic
care at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR can help with diagnosis, relieving treatment and specific
recommended exercises to strengthen and stretch muscle tendons causing
forearm tendinitis and forearm pain.
Chronic tendon injuries are common and
often linked to occupational issues like a alteration
in activity requiring the use of that tendon. Tendons are a complex combination of flexibility, elasticity, and strength predisposing them to pain and weakness. (1) The hand and its motions involve
many muscle tendons that start in the hand or insert into
it from outside the hand like external tendons from the forearm. (2)
In tendinitis, these muscle tendons may thicken and become
painful due to overuse or non-ergonomic equipment or poor form while using
them. Strengthening exercises and rest may assist in relieving
the pain. Mainly due to overuse, forearm tendinitis stems from
inflammation, irritation, redness, and swelling of the tendons in the wrist and
elbow. (3) Pain in a single area like in the forearm is frequently
not isolated, so weakness in other areas like the shoulder need attention, too.
(4) Chiropractic care may benefit other arm pain issues, like radial nerve
entrapments and lateral elbow epicondyle pain into the lower arm which increase
when using a mouse in computer work. (5) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR will start
with a good exam to confirm the source
of your pain and set a relieving treatment plan. It is
a very common issue that is helped with treatment and exercise.
EXERCISES TO STRENGTHEN FOREARM MUSCLE TENDONS
Beyond making better ergonomic equipment choices
like an ergonomic keyboard and/or
mouse, forearm muscle exercises can
help. Wrist extension and flexion exercises with a
light weight of a pound or two help strengthen the muscle tendons. Ball
squeeze exercises repeated 15-20 times is helpful, but start
with gentle squeezes and expand to stronger squeezes. Stretching
exercises that have you hold your arm out straight, have your
palm side face down with the other hand pulling
your fingers toward your forearm will help preserve the flexibility of these forearm tendons. (4) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR
will work with you to ensure proper form so that you benefit most from doing them.
CONTACT The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Steven Baroody on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes
the treatment of shoulder and arm pain with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management that incorporates spinal manipulation,
nutrition, and exercise.
Schedule your Colorado Springs chiropractic
appointment soon. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR helps many Colorado Springs
patients with forearm tendinitis due to computer typing and mouse use.