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 an integral part of your life - as they are for so many Buffalo, NY
chiropractic clients! – forearm pain may be a problem. Chiropractic
care at The Novelli Wellness Center 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 common and
often related to occupational issues like a alteration
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 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 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 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 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) The Novelli Wellness Center will start
with a solid 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 making 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 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 keep these
forearm muscle tendons limber. (4) The Novelli Wellness Center
will partner with you to be sure your
form is proper so that you get the most from doing them.
CONTACT The Novelli Wellness Center
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 Buffalo, NY chiropractic
appointment now. The Novelli Wellness Center helps many Buffalo, NY
patients with forearm tendinitis due to computer typing and mouse use.