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 McHenry
chiropractic clients! – forearm pain may be a problem. Chiropractic
care at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic can help with diagnosis, relieving treatment and specific
exercise recommendations to stretch and
strengthen muscle tendons contributing to
forearm tendinitis and forearm pain.
Chronic tendon injuries are quite usual and
often related to occupational issues like a modification
in activity requiring 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 involve
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 develop pain due to overuse or non-ergonomic equipment or poor form while utilizing
them. Strengthening exercises and rest may help relieve
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 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) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic will figure
out what is causing the pain with a good examination
and come up with the treatment plan to address the pain and keep it from
interfering in your life too much.
EXERCISES TO STRENGTHEN FOREARM MUSCLE TENDONS
Beyond making better ergonomic equipment choices
like a keyboard with better ergonomics and/or
mouse, forearm muscle exercises can
help. Strengthen the tendons with wrist extension and flexion exercises with a
light weight of a pound or two. Ball
squeeze exercises repeated 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 drawing
your fingers toward your forearm will help preserve the limberness of these forearm tendons. (4) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic
will partner with you to be sure proper form so that you benefit most from doing them.
CONTACT OrthoIllinois Chiropractic
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 includes spinal manipulation,
nutrition, and exercise.
Schedule your McHenry chiropractic
appointment soon. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic helps many McHenry
patients with forearm tendinitis due to computer typing and mouse use.
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