According to professional hand therapists, while burns and cuts are the most common cooking injuries, repetitive stress injuries and arthritis pain can also plague budding and professional chefs as they prepare Thanksgiving and other holiday feasts.
Spending all day in the kitchen mixing, chopping, stirring and lifting can take its toll on hand and wrist ligaments. The added stress of these activities may aggravate existing painful conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or arthritis. For those with weakened or damaged joints due to arthritis, heavy lifting or repetitive motion may actually cause increased inflammation and joint damage.
Here's how you can protect your hands and prevent injuries while in the kitchen:
Professional hand therapists are highly specialized physical or occupational therapists with expertise in the delicate and essential functions of the hands, wrists, arms and shoulders.
Call 444-5178 for more information about hand therapy at Rhode Island Hospital.
Source: American Society of Hand Therapists