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 an essential
part of your life - as they are for so many La Grande
chiropractic clients! – forearm pain may be an issue. Chiropractic
care at Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC can help with diagnosis, relieving treatment and specific
exercise recommendations 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 modification
in activity involving the use of that tendon. Tendons are a complex combination of flexibility, elasticity, and strength triggering
a painful reaction and weakness. (1) The hand and its motions involve
many muscle tendons that start 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 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 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 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) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC will start
with a solid exam to confirm the source
of your pain and set 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, 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, palm facing down with the other hand pulling
your fingers toward your forearm will help keep these
forearm muscle tendons flexible. (4) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC
will work with you to be sure proper form so that you get the most from doing them.
CONTACT Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC
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 La Grande chiropractic
appointment today. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC helps many La Grande
patients with forearm tendinitis due to computer typing and mouse use.