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« on: March 03, 2013 09:52:20 PM »

I tend to crochet WAY too much, especially since its my only source of income right now. Which has never been a problem, except recently I've noticed the knuckles on my right hand (the hand I hold my hook with) are starting to get very sore while I'm crocheting, to the point where it's almost painful to move them at all.

Does anyone have any suggestions for how to deal with knuckle pain? I've found a lot of tips for dealing with wrists and necks and even thumbs, but not a lot for knuckles. Someone suggested massaging them but that's just awkward and doesn't seem to work that well. Another person suggested trying those crocheting fingerless gloves designed to reduce hand problems, but I'd rather not shell out the money if its not going to help. Is there any way to prevent the pain, besides just taking more frequent breaks while crocheting?
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2013 08:12:42 AM »

I find cushioned crochet hooks help (you can buy them or make a cushion for the handle), it means you aren't gripping as tightly. 
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2013 03:50:05 AM »

Wrap your hook handle in duct tape until it's bigger and easy to hold, then wrap in fabric to help with the stickiness so it doesn't stick on your hand.  That's what I do to help with the pain (I have very large hands).  Hope it helps and good luck.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2013 12:39:03 PM »

Thanks for the advice! I'll be trying a cushioned handle and the duct tape/fabric method to see which helps. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2013 04:42:11 AM »

You are definitely not alone. I am now suffering from a repetitive stress injury to my wrist and thumb on my left hand due to over-crocheting. In fact, ganglion cysts have developed on both of my wrists and they are very painful.
If only I had known the dangers of crocheting for extended periods of time without taking breaks or massaging your hands!
Since my injury, I have done quite a bit of research on the internet and have come across several websites with recommendations on how to prevent injury due to crocheting. Here are several helpful links:                       http://amber35.hubpages.com/hub/Dont-Injure-Your-Wrists-While-Crocheting                                                                                           http://www.lionbrand.com/6030/PictPage/1922238686.html                        http://knitfreedom.com/being-a-knitter/top-5-stretches-for-knitting-pain-relief                                                                                       
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