Three Simple Ways to Avoid Hand Overuse

It is easy to take our hands for granted. We rely on them so often and for so much that they become susceptible to irritation, injury, and even disease. But how can we avoid overusing them? Learn more about how you can “get the upper hand” on painful hand and wrist overuse injuries.

Tip 1: Stretch your hands often.

Take a few minutes a couple times a day to stretch your fingers, hands, and wrists. Practicing simple hand exercises will help strengthen your wrists and keep your fingers more flexible. It will also help you prevent further injury or strain on your hands long-term.

Tip 2: Schedule breaks to combat overuse.

When you are busy, finding time to take a break seems close to impossible. However, it is necessary when trying to avoid worsening discomfort in your hands. Schedule a break every 30 minutes. Not only from work or activities, but from texting and scrolling on your phone, too. Allowing your hands time to rest can make a big difference.

Tip 3: Avoid pain-inducing activities.

Hand Overuse Post imageWe have often heard the phrase “work through the pain.” While pushing through your workout or hobby to meet a personal goal is impressive, it’s important to listen to your body. Pain is a signal that something is off. Take a break from the activity that is causing discomfort. Your hands may need time to reduce irritation.

Like most injuries or conditions, your hand pain will not get better unless you take action now. Make your hand health a priority by making time for stretching and scheduled breaks. If your hand or wrist pain is chronic, consult with your orthopedic physician on what you should do next.

If you are currently experiencing injury or discomfort, our hand and wrist surgeons are here to help. At ORA, we provide both surgical and non-surgical treatments for many disorders involving the hand and wrist. Our goal is to alleviate your pain, restore hand function, and return you to the activities you love.

Learn more about our Hand Center of Excellence.