I have thanked my lucky stars many times over the years that I have not suffered any repetitive motion injuries. No carpal tunnel, no matter that I worked at a keyboard for 12 hours/day during tax season; no shoulder/elbow/wrist pain from knitting.
I tend to press my left thumb against the left needle to hold it while knitting; sometimes when I release that, say, to thread a tapestry needle to weave in some ends, I find it ever-so-slightly difficult to bend that thumb. But it was never an actual problem until a couple weeks ago, when that thumb started to hurt. All the time.
It hurts to grasp my coffee travel tumbler.
It hurts while I knit.
It hurts whenever I use it.
Not only that, but my left shoulder has been bothering me for several months, too. I attribute that to the slight stress of holding my iPad in that hand while I read the news/finish a crossword/do a jigsaw/peruse Twitter/etc. in bed every night and many mornings for the past four or five years. My solution has been three-fold: hold the iPad in the landscape position to lessen the strain, hold the iPad with my right hand while pretending my left arm is glued to the bed, or — best of all — to prop the iPad against a pile of covers.
I cannot help but think that knitting aggravates that shoulder, too.
Announcement! I shall refrain from knitting for one (1) week, starting today!
omg, you can imagine how much that pains me — almost as much as knitting would. But the first way to deal with a budding injury is to stop doing whatever caused the injury, so I am (attempting) being brave and putting away the knitting for seven (7) days.
Wish me luck.