Monday, July 9, 2012

How to deal with Knitting Wrist Pain

I've been struggling with wrist pain for a month or two. While I was on vacation with my husband recently, I took a seven day knitting break, which is a hard thing for me to do. I find that when my regular routine is broken it is easier to give something up so I decided it would be a good rest period.

After the vacation the pain had decreased noticeably so now I am doing exercises, you can find some here.  I added in some wrist curls with weights after a the pain subsided and the right wrist is now pain free. Some of my reading indicated that the weights can also create more stress so I am being very cautious. I'm using a two pound dumbbell  and I started with ten repetitions and I add in five more each day.

My left wrist was worse but the pain is not increasing so I am also icing it after knitting. I am taking regular breaks when I knit and I'm doing the stretches on every break. After almost a month the right wrist is now pain free. 

How many of you suffer from knitting pain and just keep on knitting?

1 comment:

  1. You are not alone. I was suffering from Tendovaginitis de Quervain having strong on and off pain over the period of two years in both tumbs. Partialy I was disabled and couldn't use hands for anything. Since I consequently reduced typing, knitting, cycling, some unfavourable household works and did lot of stretching and work outs instead it got better. But if I get lazy and stop exercising I very soon receive a reminder in form of pain...
    Wish you well and a lot of patience.