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Forum topic by bubinga posted 07-09-2011 10:37 AM 1699 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2011 10:37 AM

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My older joints, of the human variety, seem to work better, when kept moving a little,as opposed to, being in one position for a long time, like being on here.
Do ya think

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#1 posted 07-09-2011 03:44 PM

I know you intend for this to be a light hearted conversation but I will comment that I am developing arthritis in the thumb and fingers of my right hand (I’m right handed). It is painful to write (but not type) or hold mug of coffee.

I could take medication to reduce the pain but so far I am resisting that.

So far, it has had little impact on my woodworking other than the fact that I don’t have the gripping strength I used to have.

If I could decide where on my body I wanted to have problems with arthritis, my right hand would have been the absolute last choice.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 07-09-2011 11:45 PM

Just about like everything in life, use it, maintain it, or loose it. Massaging and stretching helps a lot for me.

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#3 posted 07-10-2011 03:37 AM

Rich – I have the same problem but I figured out that some things REALLY made it worse. Like pushing limbs into a chipper. My hand got a LOT better after I sold that thing. Look at things you do that really vibrate/shake your hand. A better quality ROS also made a difference. Getting older is not for sissies but it beats the alternative!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 07-10-2011 04:37 AM

I have arthritis in both thumbs, so for a lot of my lathe work, I use a compound slide rest and mechanical
tool holders, as you get older, you just have to get smarter about some things. Bench rests are great for
rifles, but my beautiful lady can still out shoot my Sig P226 with her damn Glock, some things you just
have to live with.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 07-10-2011 04:49 AM

Rich : you just typed what was on your mind,witch is what I did when I posted this
The day before I posted this I moved every thing for my grand daughter into a new house , and the day of this post, I had been cutting down a bunch of small trees, so that knight, I got pretty stiff.
I also have, degenerative osteoarthritis in my neck (cervical spondylosis) (and other parts) that is no fun,and is getting worse ,and I think it is time to get another epidural, pain management shot.
Oh ya and mild tendonitis
When the joints creek like a door ,you cant just give a shot of oil

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#6 posted 07-10-2011 05:54 AM

So is beer ,good or bad for these types of things :)

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#7 posted 07-10-2011 12:01 PM

depends on the dosage BSEG

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#8 posted 07-10-2011 01:28 PM

gfadvm SAID: ”I have the same problem but I figured out that some things REALLY made it worse. Like pushing limbs into a chipper. ... Look at things you do that really vibrate/shake your hand.

My finger tips ring like a bell sometimes when I get off the scoot, but if ya’ll think I’m sellin’ my Harley I think I’ll take the alternative! Shoot, half the folks I run across lately have been reel’ hep’ful tellin’ me where and how to get there!


-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 07-11-2011 05:22 AM

Rich, I have the same problems in both thumbs and Tylenol helps but I don’t like to take anything so I tough it out. I have dropped a thing or two because of it but nothing of value, thank God.
It does make it hard to hold a bowl gouge for long periods of time so I stick to smaller things on the lathe now.
And they calls these the golden years—more like the manure years…

But being on here is real exercise for my hands and I feel better mentally and physically after an hour or 2 on Lumberjocks!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 07-12-2011 06:08 AM

I have the “tin man syndrome” too. I afraid if I stop for very long I’ll rust up and never get going again. A body in motion tends to stay in motion.

EJ, I think beer is good for it. Taste good anyway. Like saddletramp said, depends on dosage.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#11 posted 07-12-2011 06:53 AM

what a lot of people dont realize is that bone is a living tissue. It has the ability to break down, heal, and grow. This is because of a delicate balance between several (functional) types of bone cells. The term “use it or lose it” is pretty spot on when talking about human anatomy. The body is always trying to be as efficient as possible. That phrase really should state….”use it, and use it correctly, or lose it.” Bone is subjected to something called Wolfe’s Law, which is the cause of many joint problems! This changes the physical anatomy of the joint, which causes the body to adapt/adjust to the new changes (ie. tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves, etc, etc) Older people often develop arthritis and pain in joints because of “wear and tear,” which unfortunately is nearly unavoidable if you have lead an active life!

This has been a friendly lesson from your friendly chiropractic….......student.

:) (PS – i’ve actually had to cut back on computer time over the last couple years because i was developing carpal tunnel syndrome in my right wrist…. and i’m only 28…I need this hands for my future profession, so thought it’d be best to make the change now instead of later when its too late!!!)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#12 posted 07-12-2011 07:17 AM

I broke my left wrist 5 months ago, in a stupid lunch accident, everytime I turn on the lathe my hand swells and bothers me for a week, Apparently I’m no longer bulletproof, an immortal, getting old sucks, but good Red Wine eases the aches and pains.

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#13 posted 07-12-2011 09:22 AM

Darrell—-the “tin man syndrome”—-I like that :)
dakremer—Thanks for your input.
When I snapped my ACL in half a few years ago (I now have a brand new cadaver ligament) I realized I was not a kid anymore, but I still like my tool toys
I don’t wanna grow up, BSEG
I take joint supplements, and just keep going, and going, but I don’t play drum :)

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#14 posted 07-22-2011 07:08 PM

A body in motion tends to stay in motion,
A body at rest tends to stay at rest.
Physics 101, lol.

-- Shop's too small :( ... hey the decks pretty big :)!!!

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#15 posted 07-22-2011 08:01 PM

pushing limbs into a chipper sounds quite painful… lol

getting old sucks! too bad it wasn’t as simple as an oil can like the tinman needed, eh?

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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