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 Malverne
chiropractic clients! – forearm pain may be an issue. Chiropractic
care at Malverne Health & Wellness 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 common and
often related to occupational issues like a modification
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 engage
many muscle tendons that originate 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 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) Malverne Health & Wellness will start
with a comprehensive exam to verify the source
of your pain and set a relieving treatment plan. It’s
a very common issue that is managed with treatment and exercise.
EXERCISES TO STRENGTHEN FOREARM MUSCLE TENDONS
Beyond using better ergonomic equipment choices
like an ergonomic keyboard and/or
mouse, exercising the forearm tendon muscles can
help. Strengthen the tendons with wrist extension and flexion exercises with a
light weight of a pound or two. Ball
squeeze exercises performed 15-20 times is helpful, but begin
with gentle squeezes and build up to stronger squeezes. Stretching
exercises where 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) Malverne Health & Wellness
will partner with you to ensure your
form is proper so that you get the most from doing them.
CONTACT Malverne Health & Wellness
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 Malverne chiropractic
appointment soon. Malverne Health & Wellness helps many Malverne
patients with forearm tendinitis due to computer typing and mouse use.