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How should I treat a repetitive-use injury in my hand or wrist?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Try these five simple steps to help treat repetitive-use injury of the hands and wrist:
  • Take a couple of days away from the keyboard so healing can begin.
  • Go to physical therapy. Hand stretching exercises can help.
  • Alternate heat and ice on the area (10 minutes of each, several times a day).
  • Examine your desk setup. Position your keyboard, screen, and chair so that you're strain-free, and don't forget to maintain good posture. With proper ergonomics, you should start seeing positive results pretty quickly.
  • Try a trackball mouse to ease stress on your fingers.

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