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Knee Pain Health Center

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  1. Preventing Finger, Hand, and Wrist Problems - Topic Overview

    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.Stop any activities that you think may be

  2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - What Increases Your Risk

    Carpal tunnel syndrome can result from any combination of health conditions and physical activities that increase pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the wrist.

  3. Swelling - Using Ergonomics to Prevent Injury

    Ergonomics may prevent musculoskeletal injuries (such as back strain or carpal tunnel syndrome) by reducing physical and mental stress caused by the workstation setup. By focusing on the physical setup of your workstation and the tools you use, you can reduce your chances of injuries. It also is important to evaluate the work process, including job organization, worker rotation, task variety, ...

  4. Knee Problems and Injuries - Topic Overview

    Knee problems and injuries most often occur during sports or recreational activities, work - related tasks, or home projects.

  5. Preventing Finger, Hand, and Wrist Problems - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Wrist Care: Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  6. Swelling - Topic Overview

    Tips to prevent foot cramps include the following: Take a warm bath and do some stretching exercises before you go to bed if cramps wake you at night. Avoid pointing your toes while you stretch. Try not to sleep with your toes pointed. Keep your legs warm while sleeping. Warm up well and stretch before any activity. Stretch after exercise to keep warmed-up muscles from shortening and ...

  7. Swelling - Topic Overview

    Bursitis-Topic Overview

  8. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - What Happens

    The tingling, numbness, and pain of carpal tunnel syndrome usually develop gradually. Symptoms often get worse if you do not stop or change an activity that is helping to cause the condition.

  9. Swelling - Types of Physical Therapy

    Cold and iceIce and cold packs are used in physical therapy to relieve pain, swelling, and inflammation from injuries and other conditions such as arthritis. Ice can be used for 10 to 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. For more information, see: Using ice and cold packs.Ice massage.Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE).Ice or cold packs for children.Ice or heat for low back ...

  10. Swelling - Topic Overview

    Orthotic devices include shoe inserts that can relieve the stress and stretching of your plantar fascia when you stand or walk. You can get the devices with or without a prescription. Orthotic devices you use for plantar fasciitis are usually made of plastic, rubber, or felt.Soft arch supports and heel cups can relieve your symptoms. They can help spread and absorb shock (from planting your foot) and ease pressure on your heel.If your heel pain is clearly related to abnormal inward twisting of the foot (pronation), an orthotic device with an arch support and heel cushion may help.Custom-made devices require a prescription. They are more expensive than nonprescription orthotics. Custom orthotics are made by taking an impression of the foot with a plaster cast and then designing an insert to control the specific mechanical problem. Before investing in an expensive custom-made orthotic device, you may want to try a nonprescription orthotic that you can get at drugstores, supermarkets, or

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