Unfortunately, this is a very real question! I’ve had a shoulder issue off and on for a couple of years, but with knitting + computers for the last couple of months, my right arm is often pretty useless these days. Not just my shoulder, but my elbow, wrist and hand are now affected. Yay, repetitive stress!
Ice doesn’t work great this late in the game.
Motrin is awesome, but I don’t particularly want to eat motrin like candy all day long.
So here’s what I’ve done/am doing:
- Stabilizing my arm and elbow as much as possible using cushions when working at home.
- Wearing a wrist brace.
- Talking with my MD about physical therapy.
- NOT knitting as much.
- Yep, you read that right. I can’t knit. It’s agonizing to knit – seriously unreal pain – and agony NOT to knit. 🙁
- Looking into an ergonomic mouse for my laptop (the touchpad involves some serious pain).
- Lots of breaks and stretches.
- Trying to be kind to myself.
Ideally, if you are suddenly experiencing shoulder/wrist/hand pain, you talk with your MD right away. Take it very very seriously. Repetitive stress injuries can become so serious that your only alternative is surgery. Icing those injuries during the first 24 hours is immensely helpful.
So … I’m knitting in tiny, tiny chunks. My hand knits shop no longer has “knit on order” accessories – I’ve only listed the goods that are ready to ship (I hope, unless I missed one or two). I can still work with clay, but it’s slow going, so I’m crossing my paws that this isn’t also affected.
Have you had to deal with repetitive stress pain/injuries? Any suggestions/solutions for the rest of us?