How can I prevent overuse symptoms in hands and arms from occurring?

  • Conditioning is the key. Treat yourself like an athlete. Warm up your muscles with stretching exercises before you start your day. Take rest breaks after excessive use to repeat stretching exercises.
  • After a long day at work, don't just stop using your hands. Would you run a marathon and just stop when you got to the finish line? Gradually cool down your over-worked muscles. A runner walks for a few minutes after running. Similar to that, you can repeat your stretching exercises. This helps prevent a sudden rebounding or tightening of your muscles once the prolonged activity has stopped.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/25/2016.

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