Computer-related arm pain. Forearm pain. Computers, keyboards, and their mice can reek havoc on arms and necks and wrists at times. If computers and their accessories are a key of your life - as they are for so many Easley chiropractic clients! – forearm pain may be an issue. Chiropractic care at Young Chiropractic can help with diagnosis, relieving treatment and specific recommended exercises to stretch and strengthen muscle tendons causing 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 triggering a painful reaction and weakness. (1) The hand and its motions engage 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 utilizing 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 a single 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) Young Chiropractic will start with a comprehensive exam to verify the source of your pain and establish a relieving treatment plan. It is 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, exercising the forearm tendon muscles 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 limberness of these forearm tendons. (4) Young Chiropractic will partner with you to ensure your form is proper so that you benefit most from doing them.
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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 Easley chiropractic appointment soon. Young Chiropractic helps many Easley patients with forearm tendinitis due to computer typing and mouse use.