Carpel Tunnel Help for Crocheters

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Tuesday 19 October 2010 at 6:36 am


I guess I should really title this “Carpel Tunnel Help for Crocheters, Jewelry Makers, and Other Crafters,” but that is kind of long. I have had more than the usual issues lately with my hands. My right hand, in particular, tends to tingle a lot, and generally speaking I don’t have the strength I used to have in either hand. But, it is the tingling that was really bugging me.

I finally asked my general practitioner about it figuring she’s try to pawn me off an another doctor, but instead, she suggested I try using a wrist brace at night. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now with the occasional night or two of forgetting to wear it, but for the most part, I have been pretty good about wearing it on my right hand, which is the worst of the two.

Now, it is not 100% back to normal, whatever that was, but I have noticed a significant difference. The result has allowed me to crochet again and make more jewelry, yeah!

I know many people who craft have hand issues, and while there is an operation to help with carpel tunnel, I know of a few who have had it only to end up years later with the same problem. I’m picturing one here from Amazon, but you can find these all over the place. I picked mine up for about $16 in a local drug store. A brace is definitely worth trying for a little while for anyone who fights the battle of carpel tunnel and crafting!

3 Comments »

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  2. Comment by Emma — October 26, 2010 @ 8:40 am

    Something I found much more effective than the brace is athletic tape. Not adhesive tape, but the 2 inch tape used by athletes to typically wrap their feet. It’s advantage is that you can crochet while wearing it. I have double problems in that I’ve been a computer geek for 40 years and a crocheter for longer than that.

    You can wrap your wrist during the day. Look at option #4 here for good directions:
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/11827-wrap-weak-wrist-sports/

  3. Comment by Tammy — October 27, 2010 @ 6:28 am

    Thanks, Emma, I’ll take a look. I’ve been thinking of getting one of those things you can wear & still work with. I can’t remember what they are called, but they fight tightly around you hand/wrist and just pull them on.

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