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
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
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.
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 causing numbness and
pain. If your symptoms improve when you stop an
activity, resume that activity gradually. As you do, keep your wrists straight
or only slightly bent.
If you suspect that your hand or wrist pain is work-related, you may
need to talk with your workplace safety officer about changes in equipment or
rotating some of your duties. Make sure that new work changes don't cause other
wrist problems or make your condition worse.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.