Repetitive motions at work can put your wrists in jeopardy, leading to acute injuries and chronic pain. The good news is that there are several steps you can take to reduce the chances of wrist injuries on the job. If you do experience wrist pain, consult with an orthopedist before the injury can become worse. Ease the pressure on your wrists at work with these tips.
Evaluate Your Workstation
Many chronic wrist injuries start at a computer keyboard. Your keyboard should be set up so that you can type with your wrists straight or only slightly bent. If you have to reach up or down with your wrists, you could end up with an injury. By setting up your workstation so that your feet rest flat on the floor, your eyes look directly at the center of your computer screen, and your wrists are in a neutral position, you can reduce your risk of a range of orthopedic issues.
Whether your job involves typing, hammering, or sweeping, you need a break from any task you do repeatedly with your hands. Take breaks from repetitive motions often and stretch your hands and wrists . Your orthopedist can show you good stretches to try. Likewise, don’t hold anything in one position too long without giving your wrists a break.
Wear Appropriate Gear
Working with tools that vibrate can be especially tough on your wrists. Wear gloves that protect your wrists and are designed to absorb some of the vibrations. Switch hands frequently when you’re operating the tools and take regular breaks. If you feel pain or numbness in your wrists while using the tools, stop right away to avoid further damage.
If wrist injuries are slowing you down at work, make an appointment at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. We treat a variety of orthopedic issues, including sport injuries, osteoarthritis, and wrist injuries in Queens. To schedule your appointment, please call (718) 897-2228.