Forearm/Hand Atrophy & Tendinitis

I worked as a massage therapist for a chiropractor that ran me into the ground during the 8 months I worked there. Despite enormous attention to self care, I developed tendonitis & muscle atrophy in both my forearms & hands (left side is worse & I am RH dominant) that is now affecting the entire arms. I've also developed problems with grip strength & thumbs "hanging up." I have been suffering with this for over a year now & stopped practicing massage entirely. An EMG revealed the tendonitis & I followed all instructions of: rest for 5 weeks when I was initially injured, icing regularly & taking Aleve as well as very drastically limiting my workload as a therapist. I had to stop practicing 6 months after the injury because of my decreased ability to perform. I have currently been out of practice about 8 months with zero improvement.

I am involved in the wholeworker's comp thing, and the one medical evaluation I have been to so far has determined the issues are permanent & no treatment is recommended. The humidity makes my life a living hell as far as pain & inflammation, and the increase in muscle fatigue has been alarming. I need restrengthening exercises & am unsure where to start. I have continued to do doorway stretches to combat the forward posture that has developed. Wrist extensor/flexor stretches are difficult because I would need to hyperflex/extend in order to feel a stretch. Both hands & forearms along the wrist extensors are laden with trigger points. I have a positive Finklestein test > left side.

Is exercise using 5 lb weights appropriate to rebuild strength, and what other types of rehad would be appropriate? I have continued to ice regularly, use tennis & golf balls to roll over everything, drink TONS of water..I am afraid of ending up with "dead arms" because of this! I was a formerly very active person, who took care to adjust upper body exercise to the work I was doing.

Posted By Jennifer on July 13, 2013 at 10:02:26:

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