Computer-related arm pain. Forearm pain. Computers, keyboards,
and their mice can cause havoc on arms and necks and wrists sometimes. If computers and their accessories are an essential
part of your life - as they are for so many Sitka
chiropractic clients! – forearm pain may be an issue. Chiropractic
care at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka 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 quite usual and
often related to occupational issues like a change
in activity involving 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 begin 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 help relieve
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 one 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) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka will start
with a good exam to verify the source
of your pain and establish a relieving treatment plan. It’s
a very common issue that is managed 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 performed 15-20 times is helpful, but begin
with gentle squeezes and expand 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) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
will partner with you to be sure proper form so that you get the most from doing them.
CONTACT Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
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 Sitka chiropractic
appointment now. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka helps many Sitka
patients with forearm tendinitis due to computer typing and mouse use.