ONS orthopedic hand surgeon, David H. Wei, MD, was featured in an article posted on the Huffington Post offering seven tips for yoga practitioners to keep joints healthy and safe. The article notes that overall, injuries from yoga are uncommon. However, certain muscle and joint injuries can be avoided by paying close attention to how your hands, knees, and shoulders are positioned while moving through and holding poses.
Dr. Wei, who specializes in injuries of the hand, wrist and elbow, explained that many poses in yoga, such as the Downward Facing Dog, require a fair amount of wrist extension while simultaneously putting direct pressure on the palm of the hand. Read more about injury risks from yoga and advice for avoiding them — “7 Ways to Protect Your Joints.”