Use a step stool. Do not stand on
chairs or other unsteady objects.
Wear protective gear during
sports or hobbies, such as roller-skating or soccer. Supportive splints, such
as wrist guards, may reduce your risk for injury.
Warm up well and
stretch before any activity. Stretch after exercise to keep hot muscles from
shortening and cramping.
Use the correct techniques (movements) or
positions during activities so that you do not strain your
Try not to overuse your arm doing repeated movements that
can cause an injury. In your daily routines or when doing hobbies, look at how
often you make repeated arm movements. Try to find other ways of using your
Take lessons to learn how to do sports correctly. Have a
trainer or person who is familiar with the sport check your gear to make sure
it is right for your level of ability, body size, and body
If you think that something you do at work is causing
pain or soreness from overuse, call your human resources department for
information on other ways of doing your job or to discuss equipment
modifications or other job assignments.
Eat healthy foods such as milk; cheese; yogurt;
and dark green, leafy vegetables like broccoli. For more information, see the
Exercise and stay active.
Talk to your doctor about an exercise program that is right for you. Begin
slowly, especially if you have been inactive. For more information, see the
Don't drink more than 2 alcoholic
drinks a day if you are a man, or 1 alcoholic drink a day if you are a woman.
Drinking alcohol increases your chances of having weak bones (osteoporosis). It also increases your chances of
Do not smoke or use other tobacco products. Smoking
increases your chances of having osteoporosis. It also causes problems with the
blood supply in your arms and slows healing. For more information, see the
Arm injuries such as bruises, burns,
fractures, cuts, or punctures may be caused by
abuse. Suspect possible abuse when an injury cannot be
explained or does not match the explanation, repeated injuries occur, or the
explanations for the cause of the injury change. You may be able to prevent
further abuse by reporting it and seeking help.