In four days “southpaws” around the world will celebrate International Left Handers Day – a fun time for recognition of the 10 percent of people who favor their left hand. Those of you who write, bowl, golf, and bat left-handed are likely more aware of joint pain and other issues on your left side than right, though some studies suggest you may have an advantage over the rest of the population.
According to a study published in Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, researchers suggest that arthritis is lower among left-handed people than their counterparts. This does not confirm, however, that lefties are immune to joint pain and stiffness.
One a positive note for southpaws, left handers who enjoy sports may be encouraged to know that they can have a winning edge over right-handed players. Rik Smits’ The Puzzle of Left-Handedness suggests continued competition with “rightie” opponents pushes a left-handed athlete in tennis, boxing, to practice longer and hone their skills. Using the proper equipment and warming up properly are key in keeping both hands in good condition as you play.
Regardless of how you write and exercise, it’s important to pay attention to your pain points as you exercise and work. If you experience arthritis or other type of knee, elbow or ankle pain by way of illness or injury, the experts at Bon Secours are here to help. We offer treatments and therapies designed to help you manage your pain so you can resume high quality of life.
Contact us today for more information on how we can help.