As the temperatures drop, many people suffering from hand and wrist conditions such as arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome often find themselves dealing with more pain, and other symptoms such as tingling and swelling.
If cooler temps are aggravating your hand or wrist condition or injury, consider these tips:
- Stay warm. Keeping hands protected from cold temps is an easy way to fend off pain. And stick with mittens, rather than gloves, since they don’t separate the fingers.
- Keep the blood circulating with movement. Lightly squeezing a small rubber ball, performing therapist-approved hand exercises, and rubbing hands together can increase blood flow and decrease pain and other symptoms.
- Keep bones, muscles, and joints strong with anti-inflammatory food and plenty of calcium and vitamin D.
If you’re one of the many people who spend their workday sitting at a desk, you’re probably familiar with back and neck pain – that uncomfortable ache that comes from sitting and staring at a screen for too long. What you may not know is that eight hours spent at a computer can also cause considerable damage to your hands and wrists. These types of injuries, known as repetitive strain injuries or RSI’s, are characterized by numbness, tingling, or pain in the hands and wrists, and if left untreated, they can lead to more serious conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendon and nerve injuries.
Dupuytren’s Contracture is a slow developing hand deformity that affects the layer of tissue under the skin of the palm. This can be a debilitating condition because it progresses in a manner that cannot be corrected. The tissues in the palm will eventually form into a thick cord that will pull one or two of the fingers into a permanently bent position. If you have ever been without the use of one or two of your fingers for even a short amount of time due to injury, then you understand the complications that the permanent loss of use can have on everyday activities. Sovereign Rehabilitation is the trusted provider in and around Atlanta, Georgia for comprehensive physical and rehabilitation therapy. We have certified hand therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists that specialize in helping patients with Dupuytren’s Contracture find relief from their symptoms and learn coping mechanisms to perform daily activities.