The following tips may prevent finger, hand, and wrist
Do exercises that strengthen your hand and arm
Stop, change, or take a break from activities that cause
Reduce the speed and force of repetitive movements
in activities such as hammering, typing, knitting, quilting, sweeping, raking,
racquet sports, or rowing.
Change positions when holding objects,
such as a book or playing cards, for any length of time.
whole hand to grasp an object. Gripping with only your thumb and index finger
can stress your wrist.
When you work with tools that vibrate,
consider using special gloves that support the wrist and have
Wear protective gear, such as wrist
guards, in sports activities.
Review your work posture and body
Organize your work so that you can change
your position occasionally while maintaining a comfortable
Position your work so you do not have to turn excessively
to either side.
Keep your shoulders relaxed when your arms are
hanging by your sides.
When using a keyboard, keep your forearms
parallel to the floor or slightly lowered and keep your fingers lower than your
wrists. Allow your arms and hands to move freely. Take frequent breaks to
stretch your fingers, hands, wrist, shoulders, and neck. If you use a wrist pad
during breaks from typing, it's best to rest your palm or the heel of your hand
on the support, rather than your wrist.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD