Knitting as Treatment For Hand Osteoarthritis

Case was recorded that got 75% improvement in hand OA condition by frequent knitting

J Clin Rheumatol. 2017 Apr;23(3):179-180. doi: 10.1097/RHU.0000000000000503.
Knitting as a Promising Pain Self-Management Strategy for Older Women With
Osteoarthritis of the Hand.
Brosseau L(1), LĂ©onard G.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28333873

  • knitting program caused 75% improvement hand OA in 12 weeks
  • 20 minute knitting session – increase by 5 minutes every 4 weeks
  • knit “several times per day, as the immediate effect appears to last for approximately four consecutive hours”
  • warm up prior to knitting
  • use smaller needles
  • favour smaller projects
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