Computer-related arm pain. Forearm pain. Computers, keyboards,
and their mice can reek havoc on arms and necks and wrists sometimes. If computers and their accessories are a key of your life - as they are for so many Sandy Springs
chiropractic clients! – forearm pain may be an issue. Chiropractic
care at Cross Chiropractic Center can help with diagnosis, relieving treatment and specific
exercise recommendations 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 involving the use of that tendon. Tendons are an
intricate combination of flexibility, elasticity, and strength predisposing them to pain and weakness. (1) The hand and its motions engage
many muscle tendons that originate in the hand or insert into
it beyond 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 results from
inflammation, irritation, redness, and swelling of the tendons in the wrist and
elbow. (3) Pain in one area like in the forearm is often
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) Cross Chiropractic Center will start
with a solid exam to confirm the source
of your pain and set a relieving treatment plan. It’s
a very common issue that is helped with treatment and exercise.
EXERCISES TO STRENGTHEN FOREARM MUSCLE TENDONS
Beyond using better ergonomic equipment choices
like a keyboard with better ergonomics 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 begin
with gentle squeezes and build up to stronger squeezes. Stretching
exercises that have you hold your arm out straight, palm facing down with the other hand pulling
your fingers toward your forearm will help preserve the suppleness of these forearm tendons. (4) Cross Chiropractic Center
will work with you to ensure your
form is proper so that you benefit most from doing them.
CONTACT Cross Chiropractic Center
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Steven Baroody on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates
the treatment of shoulder and arm pain with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management that incorporates spinal manipulation,
nutrition, and exercise.
Make your Sandy Springs chiropractic
appointment soon. Cross Chiropractic Center helps many Sandy Springs
patients with forearm tendinitis due to computer typing and mouse use.