Monday, May 28, 2012

Two Weeks is a Very Long Time...

My right wrist is, um, uncomfortable.  I’ve had modest discomfort in it for a month or so, but in the past week it has really been talking to me.  Now, I must listen.

That means, first and foremost, I must rest my right wrist.  Today is Day 4 without knitting or spinning.  I have accepted that I really need to rest the wrist for 2 weeks.  That may seem like an impossible amount of non-spinning, non-knitting time, but if I don’t rest the wrist now, it is likely that I’ll only make it worse and I’ll need to take an even longer break – when I can less afford it – and perhaps need medical attention.  I’d like to avoid that.

So, for now no knitting.  No spinning.  No gardening.  As little typing and computer work as possible.  I need to avoid using my right wrist as much as possible.  I’m right-handed.  I’ve got to use my left hand when I can … to open doors, push the vacuum cleaner, hold the dog leash, move clothes from the washer to the dryer, pour milk, push the microwave buttons, and so on. It requires quite a conscious effort to resist automatic right-handed everyday movements.  There are a few things I can’t do with my left hand:  I can’t use scissors.  And I think it’d be dangerous for me to use a knife with my left hand.

I also ice my wrist twice a day (for 20-30 minutes at a time).  And I try to keep the wrist and fingers in a neutral position.  And I rest them on a pillow (elevated) when I can.  It would probably help if I took a modest amount of NSAIDs (aspirin or ibuprofen), but that stuff is really hard on my stomach!

How do I know this is the right thing to do?  Well, I trained for 20 years as a dancer.  And I’ve got 10 years of graduate education in the movement sciences.  And I have 9 years experience teaching in graduate-level physical therapy education programs.

If you are experiencing discomfort that you think might be related to overuse, I suggest you check out this National Institutes of Health website:  “NINDS Repetitive Motion Disorders Information Page”.

I do know that my symptoms indicate I do NOT have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  If you need information on that challenge, again I suggest an NIH website, “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

In fact, I suggest that if you are seeking any on-line medical information, you should make your first website stop.  They have a terrific search engine.

Time to Rest the Right Wrist now…


  1. Hi Amy-I injured my right wrist (a TFCC tear)-when my wrist gets tired-or sometimes when sleeping, or when I know I'll do work that will strain it I wear a wrist brace. I recommend that for you. It really takes the pressure off of holding your wrist still on your own. Once you damage your wrist there isn't much to repair it-costly surgery with no guarantees-no thanks,
    Hope all goes well for you so you can get back to all the fibery things you love.

    1. Thanks! I must say that my wrist is feeling much better. I'm nearly back to normal.