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I am having severe neck and shoulder pain from knitting and crocheting
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Feb 15, 2013 20:52:44   #
Is there anyone else out there that is having this problem-I have had to skip a few days of knitting and put the elec. heating pad on my neck the pain is so bad-been knitting for 49 years and not experienced this before. I learned how to knit at 10 years old. Pain is the same whether I knit or crochet--any solutions--
Feb 15, 2013 21:02:38   #
Are you sure that's what is causing it. If it lasts any more than a few days, you should see a doctor.
Feb 15, 2013 21:06:03   #
Sine (a regular here)
Don't forget to take a break every now and again while knitting. Try a few shoulder rolls and shrugs.
Feb 15, 2013 21:18:27   #
I have to remind myself to drop my shoulders every know and a gain....... especially if working on a new or complicated pattern....... If you don't feel you are doing anything different and are in that much pain, I would have it checked out. Maybe a pinched nerve....or a rotator cuff problem..... many things could be the cause....... Best to get it checked out before you do any damage......
Feb 15, 2013 21:36:32   #
Try ice instead of heat. Freeze the muscle, then it will contract, then wait 15 minutes, apply heat and it should cause it to expand. Try not to use the arm for anything, you don't have to do. Give it a rest, but do the ice/ heat...every 4 hours, and try ibuprofen, anti-inflammatory, 2 every 8 hours. The muscle needs to relax...Remember to stretch the muscle, shoulder rolls, leaning your head to each side like you are trying to touch your ear to your shoulder, try to touch chin to chest. If that doesn't help then Monday, I would try to see a doctor, to have it checked out. That is my advice..also, if the pain radiates into your jaw, or chest, please go to the emergency room, check your pulse, to see what it is, and if it is reqular...
Feb 15, 2013 23:00:37   #
Thanks so much for the advice-I will do both of your suggestions--
Feb 16, 2013 05:58:02   #
I get the same kind of pains. Fortunately. a night's sleep and ibuprophen eases it quite a bit. I'm going thru random body/joint pain anyway. I discovered I have a large kidney stone that won't be passing so during my office visit Dr said to stop taking Ibuprophen because it can cause kidney damage. I said I won't take acetomenophen because I know of 2 deaths from the liver damage. I figure I can live with one kidney better than no liver, but what can we do? Anybody had acupuncture for joint pain? Anyway, I'll keep knitting and just deal with whatever. Thank goodness for morning coffee. Oh,and small needle knitting is a killer for me. I have to break it up a few rows at a time.
Feb 16, 2013 06:34:15   #
Isabel L
I am a PT so my question would be.... Is the pain on one side only or are both shoulders painful? Does the pain go away when you are not knitting? I would look at your posture when you are knitting. You may be sitting with your head forward and cervical neck spine area flexed forward which can cause pain.
Knitting is a long repetitive movement so you may have to take frequent breaks. OR take some time off from knitting and allow yourself to recover if that is what's causing the pain and it goes away when you're not knitting.
Heat, ice and pain killers only treat symptoms and you need to deal with the cause.
Feb 16, 2013 07:15:50   #
Dreamweaver wrote:
I have to remind myself to drop my shoulders every know and a gain....... especially if working on a new or complicated pattern....... If you don't feel you are doing anything different and are in that much pain, I would have it checked out. Maybe a pinched nerve....or a rotator cuff problem..... many things could be the cause....... Best to get it checked out before you do any damage......

This is great advice! I have recently found myself knitting with my shoulders drawn up and this has contributed to neck/back/shoulder pain. I will also try to make a "nest" of pillows to support my frame and elbows.
Feb 16, 2013 08:27:58   #
Funny you should mention that. My shoulder had been driving me nuts. Everyday I am working on at least two projects.Think its time for a rest?
Feb 16, 2013 08:30:35   #
I found a break every hour has to be done ,then I also make sure If I am in my recliner I make sure I have something under my right elbow,a small pillow or something,and it keeps my shoulder pain free!!
Feb 16, 2013 08:53:42   #
When I was recuperating from back surgery,I developed trigger finger in my thumb from crocheting too much. Got on-line to check it out.I stopped crocheting for 2 weeks and it improved.I caught up on my reading and gave it a rest.Haven't had any problems since.We get started working on something we love,and the time flies.I also try to pay attention to how I am holding my neck when sitting at the sewing machine.
Feb 16, 2013 09:09:31   #
I also have the same problem with the neck and shoulder pain. I like to knit in bed before going to sleep and I also have pain in the back of my thigh after a time. Does anyone else knit in bed and have this problem. I have to get up and take a break.
Feb 16, 2013 09:42:27   #
I get this pain too.... I find changing position can ease it for a while. I won't give up my knitting, so mostly I take a little Ibruprofen - and put up with it!
Feb 16, 2013 09:46:19   #
LilgirlCA (a regular here)
have you changed the chair you are sitting in to knit, using different needles - long instead of short or circular, is the yarn sticking to your needles so you are having to push harder than normal???????

Since this is a new problem, I would look to see what I'm doing different. Then I would try to remember what I did a few days before the pain started - it may not be from knitting but the knitting may aggravate it

Hope you are feeling better soon!
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