Raising Awareness on Hand and Wrist Injuries: Artists' Hands Have Their Limits

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What are hand and wrist injuries? What are some common examples?

Hand and wrist injuries are minor injuries to a finger, hand, or wrist that causes pain or swelling. Common causes for these types of injuries are sports or recreational activities, work-related tasks, work or projects around the home (especially if using machinery such as lawn mowers or hand tools), accidental falls, and fist fights.

Some of the most common hand and wrist injuries are overuse injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (pressure of the Median nerve which causes tingling, weakness, and pain of the fingers and hand), Tendon Pain (a symptom of tendinosis), and De Quervian's Disease (swelling and inflammation of tendons and tendon covering on the thumb side of the wrist), and sudden or acute injuries such as Compartment Syndrome (swelling within an enclosed area in which muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and bones in the compartment have no room to expand), bruises, sprains, strains, fractures, and dislocations.

As artists and designers, we use our hands to be able to work for our creations. Artists and designers are prone to various types of hand and wrist injuries, which calls for awareness among its practitioners, enthusiasts, and professionals in the fields of arts and design.

 What are common hand and wrist injuries for artists and designers?

Enlisted below are several examples of common hand and wrist injuries for artists and designers:

- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the tingling, weakness, numbness, and pain in the hand or wrist caused by pressure on the Median nerve in the wrist.

- Neural Impingement: Neural Impingement is the nerve entrapment which happens when a nerve passes between region structures such as bones, tendons, ligaments, or muscles.

- Focal Dystonias: Focal Dystonias or Writer's or Musician's Cramp is the neurological movement disorder caused by the brain sender incorrect information to the muscles and is characterised by involuntary, prolonged muscle contractions.

- Sprain: Sprains are the wrenching or twisting the ligaments of (an ankle, wrist, or other joint) violently so as to cause pain and swelling but not dislocation.

- Strain: Strains are the described as the a muscle pull, or even a muscle tear that causes damage to a muscle or to its tendons.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (C.T.S.)? How are artists prone to C.T.S.?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the tingling, weakness, numbness, and pain in the hand or wrist caused by pressure on the Median nerve in the wrist. According to Healthline.com, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by the poor positioning of your wrists while using your keyboard or mouse, prolonged exposure to vibrations from using hand tools or power tools, or any repeated movement that overextends your wrist, such as playing the piano or typing.

C.T.S. is one of the most common hand and wrist injuries for artists and designers. As practitioners, we make use of our hands in the process of creating our work. Just as artists and designers do activities involving, but not limited to, painting, sketching, writing and typing, playing instruments, dancing, and make different kinds of art installations and works using various types of media, artists are at risk of C.T.S. as they use their hands and wrists for extended periods of time. Due to ignorance on the different possible injuries in the arts and negligence to your health and lifestyles, not only may having C.T.S. affect your well-being and holistic health, but may also greatly affect your art and your profession.

What is the scope of this advocacy? Why should I sign for this petition?

With the low awareness and education regarding the different injuries for arts and design professions, we aim to raise awareness regarding injuries that practitioners in the arts and design fields are at risk of. By starting with hand and wrist injuries for artists and focusing on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, we invite and encourage everyone to become advocates of proper health and lifestyle for artists and designers, and by giving more attention and priority to the health factors of professionals and practitioners in the fields of arts and design.

By signing for this petition, you will be supporting us in our stand for raising awareness on hand and wrist injuries for artists and designers, particularly Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Be part of our campaign and advocacy, help artists and designers avoid hand and wrist injuries. Sign the petition now!

 

This petition is by students of Grade 11 - St. Adelaide, from St. Scholastica's Academy of Marikina:

  • 1  Alliah Albano
  • 2  Audrey Bagarino
  • 3  Alexandra Brigino


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