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#1 of 6 Old 11-27-2006, 09:51 PM - Thread Starter
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I have pain shooting down my right arm. I work on the computer most of the day, and knit a bunch, too. Anyone else get knitter's arm? Help. I need to knit a bunch of rows (110 stitchs per row) so that my teacher can help me do short rows in class tomorrow morning.
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#2 of 6 Old 11-28-2006, 12:20 AM
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110 rows? arm hurts just thinking about it. I started getting wrist pain when I worked at a computer job about five years ago. Now whenever I do any repetitive motion craft for long enough, I get pains in my hands, wrists and elbows....occasionally my shoulder too. I bought a wrist brace for my right hand that I use to apply pressue and I find that it helps abit but not much. Now that I just started knitting a couple months ago and become thoroughly obsessed, the pain has become quite a nuisance. I would love to find some solutions that don't require just not knitting for long stretches but I've found that pacing myself and not going to0 fast or too long is about the only thing that keeps the pain managable.
I've been knitting continental and have recently tried learning English just to give my left hand a break since that one has been hurting the most lately..but it's slow going and clumsy and quite frustrating. Sorry, I guess I don't have any great suggestions....just sympathy.

Oh I thought of one thing.. Do you have an ergonomic keyboard at work? That helps. At the very least make sure that your wrists are elevated when you are typing so that they are straight and not bent, YK? That helps alot. Plus a pad under your wrist when you are using the mouse is important too. Just making those changes make a noticable difference for me.

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yes. I knit a bunch yesterday and then in the evening I was on the computer and my hand on the mouse was shakey. My right hand/wrist didn`t exactly hurt, but felt weak and shakey and I tried to protect it. today too, from knitting and quilting my poor right wrist is feeling over worked......

I was wondering if a wrist support would be any help.....
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Give yourself a break. Cast on a swatch, let your teacher show you short rows on the swatch and you can do them in your own time.
FWIW, I don't get knitters arm, but I'm a "tuck the stick in the armpit" English knitter.

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Try knitting with the sore arm resting on a pillow. I know exactly what you are feeling. Take breaks!
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I get a weak right arm after I've knit a lot My massage therapist gave me a pressure point to push and it really helps. And now I try to knit with my arms resting on the arms of my chair to elevate them a bit.. but with all the Christmas gifts to make, well, it's a bit sore.....

Good luck and I second the do a short swatch and let her teach you short rows that way!
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