Whether it be for work or recreation, we are always using our hands. Now more than ever, jobs require the constant use of a keyboard and mouse, which puts continuous stress on your hands and wrists.
All of this time spent using your hands adds up, and it’s your job to keep them healthy. Check out these tips from the experts at Orthopaedic Specialty Group for pain-free hands and wrists.
Take a Break
If your job requires you to sit at a computer for most of the day, or you’re just playing your favorite sport for a while, it’s a good idea to give yourself an occasional minute or two of rest. Take a lap around the office, grab a drink, or just relax. Consistent use of your hands and wrists will add up and can lead to more serious problems down the road, such as arthritis.
Wear a Brace
If your daily life puts immense stress on your wrists, plan ahead by getting some extra support. Wearing a brace will keep your wrist in its natural position and can help you avoid some bothersome issues. The stabilization of the wrist can prevent strain on your tendons and joints, which can eventually lead to carpal tunnel syndrome down the road.
Customize Your Workspace
Ergonomically arranging your workstation can eliminate stress on your hands and wrists. Keep the things you use most (like your phone, keyboard and mouse) at a convenient angle, no more than 18 inches away from your body. Set your keyboard to where your forearms are parallel to the floor, and use an adjustable chair so you can set your seating position to exactly where you need it to be.
Try Hand Exercises
Stretching the muscles and ligaments in your hands is great way to keep them healthy and happy. Physical therapists can show you the best way of working out your hands in order to strengthen and loosen up.
If you suffer from pain or discomfort in your hands or wrists, trust the orthopedic experts at OSG to get you on the road to recovery. As southern Connecticut’s largest and most experienced orthopedic practice, we can fix virtually every bone and joint in your body. Call us today at (203) 337-2600 to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed specialists.