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Old 03-11-2008, 12:45 PM   #1
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Painful hands
New to forum, been around a long time, just never really posted. Hands are tired and wondering what you all do for the pain associated with knitting, or if you have any pain. Maybe I'm just an old 40??

What problems do you have and what do you do for it?
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Old 03-11-2008, 01:46 PM   #2
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Check your posture, see if you're knitting tighthly on the needles and/ or yarn, take frequent breaks to get up and move around and stretch out your hands, lower arms, neck and shoulders. And breathe!
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Old 03-11-2008, 02:21 PM   #3
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Take frequent breaks is great advice. And as hard as it is to do, I now have to take nights off from knitting. I will take a night off if my hands are really bothering me. I work at a computer all day so I have a double whammy.

Good luck and just make sure you take care of your self now and don't let it become a problem. There are also stretches you can do before you begin to knit as well. You can do a search for Carpal Tunnel Exercises and get a good one.
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When I started knitting again some months ao, I had right hand pain, too, which didn't surprise me since I have arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrone in my right hand. I was taking physical therapy for a hip problem at the time, so I asked the PT what she recommended. Luckily, she knits, too, and suggested that I keep my fingers together as much as possible while knitting, as well as my wrist. I knit English, so, instead of weaving the free yarn through my fingers and/or around my little finger, I wrap it around my palm and move my hand, rather than just my finger, to throw the yarn. It took a little while to get used to, but now, I'm about as fast as I was when I using a more orthodox position -- which wasn't all that fast to begin with, to be honest.
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Old 03-12-2008, 11:58 AM   #5
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Loosen your grip and take frequent breaks.
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:05 PM   #6
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I get sore, too, in my wrists and the base of my thumb. I find if I stop every row or two and do a couple of stretches, it really helps. I look kind of weird, kind of like the karate kid (remember that movie? ) but it does really help.
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:00 PM   #7
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I agree with the others do lots of stretches not just in your hands but upper back and shoulders too
I do a load my physiotherapist recommended
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:56 PM   #8
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My hands, neck, shoulders, and knees hurt when I knit for log periods... I get so engrossed in the knitting, I forget to stretch. I have also started to take Glucosamine/Chondroitan regularly. When knitting really bothers me, I take anti-inflammatories. One thing to remember is that if you are not properly hydrated, your joints can ache and become inflamed. Drink plenty of water!!
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Old 03-14-2008, 12:31 AM   #9
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Try natural Anti-inflammatories
I had same issue with hand pain and just had carpal tunnel surgery - arthritis also adds to problem. Frequent rests and time off to do other things so your hands can 'recover' is helpful. I take 'natural' anti-inflammatories from a health food store every day to help prevent pain.
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Old 03-14-2008, 01:12 AM   #10
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Whenever I have a rheumatoid flare up, like now, my knitting slows to nothing and even typing is painful. I'm already on heavy duty pain relievers and taking more meds just isn't an option if I'm to do anything at all.

I just try to find something else creative to do.
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