Certified hand therapist Michelle McMurray, MOT, OTR/L, CHT discusses how you can save your joints while performing daily activities.
Sometimes it is our small, every day activities in our daily routines that we overlook. As we get busy with our daily lives, sometimes we are not aware of the little things that we do that can ultimately add up to big problems. We hear about many things that we can do to protect our joints, but in the business of daily lives we forget about ourselves…and our joints.
Here are some examples of some basic tasks we do all the time that can eventually lead to bigger problems:
When scrubbing carpet to remove a stain, it is very common that we pinch the cloth and apply pressure. A big problem that can occur if you happen to quickly catch the end of your finger is a mallet finger. This is an injury that leaves a droop at the end of the finger. The rehab process can be long and tedious. The easiest way to avoid this is to grip the rag with a fist or use a brush with a handle.
With technology, we do not write as much as we did in the past. In that case, we are sometimes hurried when doing this activity, which may lead to increased pressure and gripping on the writing utensil. One thing that can help to decrease the pressure on the thumb is increasing the diameter of the pen/pencil.