Hands and wrist gets sore

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by WrongWay30, May 28, 2011.

  1. Bazerk Wizz Bang!

    Bazerk Wizz Bang! Medium Load Member

    Spent most of life with paws curled around a chainsaw or other power tools. I have small hands, and I put them threw hell . My paws hurt most of time, driving or not. When I first started the pain was pretty bad, dont believe in pain killers less a doc is stitching, opening me up, or pulling teeth. Pain got pretty intence. Those stiff fingerless gloves do wonders, for finger and wrist pain. Made an enormouse difference for me. Steering wheel cover makes a big difference, not so much the padding but mainly I think by increasing the diamater of the wheel so your hands are not so clinched, sure the padding helps a lot as well though but think its mainly diamater that helps most. Lowering the steering wheel, I am skinny dude so am able to have it almost lowered all way down. That makes it a lot less bending of wrist and fingers as well. Really consentrating on loosing my grip helped, most trucks stearing is like cars you aint got to hold it like a jackhammer, just a very soft grip will keep it where you want it almost hundred percent of time. Getting in habit of switching hands great. On the smoother strait aways and any other time when its safe I palm it and try to stretch out my fingers straight. Stretching out fingers and wrist a few times a day, everytime I stop has made a huge difference as well sounds gaay and looks gay (i do it in sleeper so nobody can see) but after a weeks or so just by stretching out your stiff and sour hands a few times a day itself will reduce a lot of your overall pain. This sounds stupid and probley is, but putting left hand out window, taking advantage of cool drink by holding it in right hand then left hand ets, putting a free hand in front of A/C then other hand ets.. the coolness will take alot of sting out of paws really fast.
     
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  3. Krooser

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  4. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

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    Well, it really sounds to me like you are missing Lupe? I just have to wonder, WHY?:biggrin_25512:
     
  5. Krooser

    Krooser Road Train Member

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    Lupe always had dumb questions like this...
     
  6. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

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    I know. I'm just wondering why you miss him/her/it?:biggrin_2559:

    Actually, the OP is not a dumb question at all. As anybody who has ever had carpel tunnel can tell you. And if something isn't done to relieve it, the OP's poster is probably going to wind up with serious (read that surgery) problems.
     
  7. Bazerk Wizz Bang!

    Bazerk Wizz Bang! Medium Load Member

    dudes paws are hurting him, thats stupid? 38 years of trucking so thats whay happens after a feller has been trucking that long. i really need to get out before my brain turns to oatmeal and so I end up like him or a lot of the other experienced and always brilliant fellers i have come across.

    I just dont understand the whole experienced trucker deal. How is stairing at blacktop and docking after 100 years of experience any different than stairing at blacktop and docking after one year? I personally have met a few but only a few experienced truckers that showed any more skill or knoledge than the lessor experienced truckers. My opinion is that experience in the trucking industry is mostly hype or hot air with very little validity behind behind the concept of more experience equalling more skilled, defensive, or knowledgeable individual
     
  8. brsims

    brsims Road Train Member

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    I use 'em. And no, I ain't no supah twucker, either. The good driving gloves have an extralayer of padding on the palm to the "knife edge" of the hand. Helps absorb the vibration of the wheel, and gives improved grip. Especially when turning the wheel in traffic or backing. I know driving gloves have gotten a bad rap over the years, but they do serve a purpose. Anybody gets down on ya for using them, just walk on by. A good driver is set apart by attitude and skill, not gloves.
     
  9. strawberryrhubarbpie

    strawberryrhubarbpie Light Load Member

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    I've just started driving and I find that I have this problem also. thanks for the tips, I'm going to try several of them.
     
  10. sharp.dressed.man

    sharp.dressed.man Heavy Load Member

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    I always heard that you buy regular black gloves and that when you reach a high enough level of trucking the fingers just disappear.


    To the op build up your forearm strength and endurance through grip exercises using a ball, weights, or those hand grips.
     
  11. Wargames

    Wargames Captain Crusty

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    I tried hanging both hands out the window, holding those windmills on a stick, and yelling WHHEEEE, WHHEEEEEE, WHHEEEEEEEEEEEE.
     
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