As part of my wrist injury recovery, I've learned techniques I thought I'd share since a lot of us, whether through an accident or repetitive wrist motion, find we need to minimize impacts to our wrists in order to live pain-free.
I'm not a medical professional, so if you had a recent wrist injury get professional help 1st. Before I got to these techniques, there was rest, icing, and pain meds to reduce swelling followed by gentle exercises that included putty (pinch/squeeze) & light weights starting at 1/2 pd.
It's been a slow recovery where I've learned patience and helpful techniques for our modern world.
1. Dragon Dictation – I would not be able to type without Dragon Dictation on my road to recovery. I spent $200 for the software that comes with a microphone. There was a short learning curve, and while the software isn't perfect, I would not have been able to type this post without it. Simply great.
On my Mac it was recommended that I speak/type in the TextEdit software on my computer, and then cut and paste the copy wherever I need it. For example, I'm dictating this blog post in TextEdit, which I'll cut and paste onto my blog. This ensures a better outcome regarding compatibility of typefaces and spacing. I dictate most of my e-mails, too.
Of course, if, like me, you had a serious wrist injury, consult your doctor or physical therapist 1st. It took three months before I was ready for Dragon Dictation because I had almost no use of my hands.
2. Bamboo Create - I recently got Bamboo Create, which is a tablet with a magical pen that allows me to maximize my computer work without wrist pain associated with repetitive wrist motion and right clicking.