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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 12/11/2004 :  11:01:40 PM  Show Profile Send liebekatja a Private Message
Hi everyone,

To make a long story short, I knit for years, until I got Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. I haven't knit now for more than a year. I'm making a slow but steady recovery from my T.O.S., and I want to knit again, but I'm nervous about it since knitting contributed massively to my injury.

Are there any knitters out there who have T.O.S. and have figured out how to manage it and still knit? Is there anyone who started knitting again after having a repetitive stress injury? How did you manage it? Does anyone have any advice for me?

Thanks in advance,

Permanent Resident

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Posted - 12/12/2004 :  02:48:48 AM  Show Profile  Send mamid a Yahoo! Message Send mamid a Private Message
I don't have TOS per se. I do have nerve damage in my dominant hand so it makes holding a knitting needle AND yarn hard. So I do a sorta combo style. It works for me.

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Guardian angel

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Posted - 12/12/2004 :  2:23:24 PM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
TOS is caused by the shape of your ribs and can be repaired surgically. The thoracic outlet is too small and puts pressure on the nerves to your arm causing them to swell. If this is a serious problem, my advice would be to consult a physician who specializes in this type of problem, or if there is none in your area, consult a thoracic surgeon. The surgery involves removing a small portion of the first rib (usually about an inch) which frees the tight spot.

I feel very confident in saying that although knitting may have contributed to your problem and taken the blame for it, it did not cause your problem. Any activity involving your arm will contribute to the problem. It needs to be addressed at the source. As for knitting, learn and do continental style and in particular the combined technique described by Annie Modesitt as they are the most conservative of movement.

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