Can Crochet Cause Injury?
Just one more row has been the cause of a lot of pain & discomfort. You’ve probably arrived at this article because your addicted crochet, currently in pain from crochet or wondering can crochet cause injury? You fear that your favorite hobby is causing damage to your body.
Can crochet cause injury? Yes, crochet can cause injury. The repetitive movements, posture & tension involved in with crocheting can cause repetitive stress injuries, which can affect the nerves, tendons, & muscles. Examples of possible injuries include, Carpel tunnel, Tennis Elbow, Trigger Finger, Pseudotumor Deltoideus & Crocheters Thumb. Crocheting can also agitate existing conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis.
Crocheting Can Cause Bursitis
Bursitis is a painful condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near your joints. Bursitis occurs when bursae become inflamed. Bursitis often occurs near joints that perform frequent repetitive motion.
A problem that can occur in crocheter is Elbow bursitis, which is caused by prolonged pressure or leaning on your elbows for long periods of time. Typically, this type of bursitis develops over several months.
While crocheting, think about where you are resting your hands. Adjust your position every so often as to no put unwanted pressure on your joints. The positioning of your hands & arms may cause unwanted pain that can be easily avoided.
Crochet Trigger Finger
On my last crocheting binge, I pushed myself to finish a large project despite my discomfort. After a while, I noticed while holding the yarn, my pointer fingers cramp & lock terrible. My hands remand cramped for almost three weeks! Because of my obsession with “one last row”, I developed trigger finger.
Trigger finger happens when the tendons in your finger or thumb become inflamed, they can become stuck or locked into a bent position. When the tendons in your hands and arms become inflamed or irritated, they cannot move as readily through the thin tunnel of ligament that holds them in place. When this happens, you will notice pain, stiffness, and a snapping or popping sound.
Pain relievers & rest from crocheting can help ease the pain. In more extreme cases, immobilization or surgery is necessary to alleviate the stiffness and pain.
Is Crocheting Bad For Arthritis?
Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age.
Crochet can’t cause arthritis, no more than walking can cause it. But of course crochet can make you feel the arthritis you may already have. Crocheting actually can help with RA (rheumatoid arthritis) as this can help prevent stiffness & improve mobility in your joint. As with anything, over doing can also trigger a flare up. Make sure you do a proper warm up for your hands, rest often during the project & stretch your hands afterward. It’s just like working out your body.
Leg & Lower Back pain
Crocheting is a sitting hobby and it’s impossible to sit for long periods of time comfortably. Lower back pain & leg numbness can be eased with the use of an orthopedic seat cushions. It provides additional support you need to maintain good posture and the natural curve of the spine. By evenly distributing weight of the body. It’s design helps to increase blood flow, prevents pain in the lower back, helps with muscle fatigue, leg tightness, hamstring.
Crocheting May Cause Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overloaded, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Despite its name, athletes aren’t the only people who develop tennis elbow.
The pain of tennis elbow occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to a bony bump on the outside of your elbow. Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist.
If you are crocheting with your elbows constantly bent without support (arms in air), you may eventually develop tennis elbow. Try supporting your arms on a pillow while working on your next project.
Shoulder & Neck Pain
It sure can! I’m sure your neck is killing you, with that horrible crochet posture that you have. Having your head slumped over & shoulders rolled down for extended periods of time will wreak havoc on you.
Remember to adjust your posture & stretch every once in a while. If you are still having trouble try using a posture corrector while crocheting. It will remind you to keep your shoulders roller back.
This can happen when you hold the crochet hook too tightly for long periods of time. The pain is at the base of your thumb, on the “meaty” area on the palm of the hand. Discomfort or pain can be felt while holding something or while closing your hand.
Prevention is key. Make sure you are taking break during your crochet session. I have not personally tried it, but thumb stabilizer may help with discomfort.
Once you get crocheters thumb, rest is the key to healing from this injury which can last a few weeks.
While crocheting, it is important to have your arm comfortable supported. When you let your arm & elbow “float”, your muscles begin to tighten. Day after day of the constant tight muscles and pulling on the bone, it begins to cause a deformity of the humerus bone, that is permanent, called a Pseudotumor Deltoideus!
According to acrochetedsimplicity.com, In your upper arm, you have a deltoid muscle that looks like 3 separate muscles that come together with tendons at an insertion point on your humerus called the deltoid tuberosity. If these muscles are constantly tight and never allowed to relax like they should, they begin to pull on the insertion point.
You can prevent this by using proper crochet posture. While crocheting make sure that your arms are always comfortably supported and take breaks.
Tips To Relieve Crochet Pain & Prevent Injury
- Take breaks. The simple act of taking a break can save you so much unnecessary pain. Stop pushing for “one more row”. Work in small burst and stop immediately if you feel any pain or discomfort
- Invest in a good brace. It will protect your thumbs and wrists during strong use or for allowing it to heal. A brace will immobilize the joint and provide heat and compression to the bones and ligaments.
- Wear Compression gloves while crocheting.
- Poor posture while crocheting can lead to neck, back & shoulder pain. Posture correctors help you to maintain proper body alignment for long periods,
- Ergonomic crochet hooks have a thicker handle. A larger handle alleviates wrist pain while crocheting.
- Soak your hands
- Seat cushion assures a comfortable position, helping relieve pain and discomfort
- I recommend hand stretching before, during and after crocheting
- Roll your neck backwards, forwards, to the sides gently.
- Shrug shoulders up and down and roll shoulders forwards and backwards.
- With your arms semi extended, shake your hands.
- Holding your arm just above your elbow reach over your opposite shoulder.
- Pull your fingers gently back so your wrists flex.
- Clench into a fist then stretch your fingers as far as they will go.
As long as you listen to your body and become proactive, you can continue doing the hobby that you love. Take breaks, stretch & treat your hands to a spa day. Don’t fall into the trap of one last row. Your hands will thank me later.