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 integral part of your life - as they are for so many Oxford
chiropractic clients! – forearm pain may be a problem. Chiropractic
care at Satterwhite Chiropractic can help with diagnosis, relieving treatment and specific
exercise recommendations to strengthen and stretch muscle tendons contributing to
forearm tendinitis and forearm pain.
Chronic tendon injuries are common and
often related to occupational issues like a change
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 involve
many muscle tendons that begin 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 using
them. Strengthening exercises and rest may assist in relieving
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 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) Satterwhite Chiropractic will start
with a good exam to verify the source
of your pain and establish a relieving treatment plan. It is
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. 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 start
with gentle squeezes and build up 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 keep these
forearm muscle tendons limber. (4) Satterwhite Chiropractic
will work with you to ensure your
form is proper so that you get the most from doing them.
CONTACT Satterwhite Chiropractic
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 includes spinal manipulation,
nutrition, and exercise.
Make your Oxford chiropractic
appointment soon. Satterwhite Chiropractic helps many Oxford
patients with forearm tendinitis due to computer typing and mouse use.