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How can a jar opener help protect my hands and finger joints?

Rachel Rohde, MD
Orthopedic Surgery

Our hands are beautiful tools. Unfortunately, sometimes we put too much strain on these tools and end up damaging our tendons or joints. One of the most common problems I see as a hand surgeon is arthritis at the base of the thumb, or "basal joint."  Other joints in the hand can get arthritic and painful as well. Opening jars puts a huge amount of stress on your joints and can lead to painful flares of these joints. Using aids like jar openers can help avoid this; this is called "activity modification," and it will help your hands last a lifetime!

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