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Knitting continental style is easier on your hands than english(throwing) style. It seems like crochet would be harder on your hands, because I tend to move my wrist a lot when I crochet.
The main thing is to try not to use your wrists to move your hands. If you can do most of your movement with your shoulders, you'll be less likely to injure your wrists.
As much as possible, throughout everything you do, you should act as if you have a ruler taped to the back of your hand and arm. When typing, make sure you're in an ergonomically correct position, and use something to prop your wrists on.
You should also do arm, hand and shouolder exercises frequently. Don't spend too long at any one activity without breaks.
A couple of good exercises:
With your wrists straight, palms to floor, hold your arms in front of you. Move your fingers as though you are playing scales on a giant piano. Use just your fingers, keeping your wrist as still as you can.
forward and backward.
Keeping your hands in line with your arms, hold your arms in front, and "draw" horizontal figure eights (infinity symbols) in the air with your fingertips. Swivel your wrists, but don't bend them up/donw or side/side. Use your shoulders, too. Do a few one clockwise, a few counter-clockwise.
If you know a good LMT or and ND who does bodywork, you should be able to get a demonstration of these, as well as more tips.