Dr. Alberto Lazzerini (Head of Hand Surgery) and his team curated this guide with the aim of reminding everyone of the importance of prevention.
Why a guide dedicated to hand care?
To help us recognize the risks associated with manual labor and new technologies and take proper action to avoid them, because even the most seemingly harmless objects can become enemies to hand health. That is the aim of the guide.
Accidents at work
Accidents at work are the most frequent cause of injury to our hands, almost always associated with failure to observe safety regulations. Let us learn to respect them and uphold that respect!
Domestic accidents are also a common cause of hand accidents. Cooking utensils, irons, lawn mowers, do-it-yourself equipment and other activities must be used with great care.
Accidents caused by falling, impact or the careless use of sports equipment can conceal additional dangers for our hands. Preventing sports injuries is possible with adequate athletic training and never forgetting the use of protective equipment.
Prolonged use of mobile phones, keyboards, and video games can cause “mouse pain”, overload of tendons and muscles, and chronic tendonitis. Prevention consists in periodically stopping the use of these technologies in order to let your hands rest.
To avoid the risks associated with incorrect posture we take during our activities, it is advisable to carry out hand mobilization exercises from time to time.
The appearance of our hands reveals our age and the care we have for ourselves. To maintain their health and beauty it is important to moisturize the skin and protect the hands from prolonged exposure to the sun or cold.
Nail care is not only important from an aesthetic point of view. They play a key role in the handling and protection of the fingers.
“Listen” to the hands
Pain, tingling, tiredness, can be signs of pathologies that can be easily cured, but that can leave irreversible damage if not treated in time. Let us not overlook the signs that our hands are sending us.
We speak with our hands
With our hands we greet, manage and express emotions. It is a universal language. It is important to learn polite, decisive but calm language, as we should do with our verbal expressions.
We teach children to protect their hands from injuries that an environment, often not designed for them, exposes them to: at home, at school, in play.