National OT Month: Gardening Tip

Q.  How can I protect the joints in my hands and avoid pain while using pruners and other garden tools?


A.  Use garden tools that have padded and curved handles to protect the joints in your hands and fingers from excess pressure and strain. If you have a weak grip, use pruners and clippers that have ratcheting or spring-action self-opening features. Avoid twisting and reaching while planting or pruning.


Choice Therapy OT and avid gardener Roberta Erickson has been a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) since 2002. As a CHT, Roberta has received over 4,000 hours of specialized training in hand therapy.