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Hand and Wrist Movements

Try to avoid hand and wrist movements that can cause pain and other symptoms.

  • Keep your wrists straight or only slightly bent. Avoid activities that bend or twist the wrists for long periods of time.
  • Take frequent breaks from typing or other repetitive activities to stretch your hands and wrists.
  • Avoid doing repetitive movements (hammering, typing, knitting, quilting, sweeping, raking, playing racquet sports, rowing) for long periods of time without rest breaks.
  • Avoid holding objects in one position for long periods of time (holding a book or playing cards).
  • Watch your grip. Gripping with only the thumb and index finger can stress the wrist. Whenever possible, use your whole hand to grasp an object.
  • Reduce the speed and force of repetitive hand movements.
  • When working with tools that vibrate (drills, sanders), use specially designed gloves that support the wrist and have vibration-absorbing padding. Take frequent breaks, and switch hands often.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Pichora, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery
Last Revised October 21, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: October 21, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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