Package Handler sore/cramping fingers

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Legitimyze, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. Legitimyze

    Legitimyze Member

    I am not here to complain or cry about how my fingers hurt but is this normal for newer Loader/unloaders? I am good all day through work but the next morning when I wake up, my fingers hurt. Its hard to even make a tight fist, its usually ok by the time I get back to work. I just run them under some warm water. Does this happen to most people, if so do you eventually adjust and not have the problem any more?
  2. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    It's normal.
  3. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    You need to learn to not death grip boxes....your fingers will cramp and tire before the muscles in your arms.
  4. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    You tend to cramp more if you are dehydrated or need electrolytes.
  5. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    Never have had sore or cramping fingers. Relax and use your big muscles.
  6. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    How long on the job? Maybe the hands have to build strength?
  7. jibbs

    jibbs Long Live the Chief

    :censored2: that noise. With enough practice/experience he'll soon be grabbin' 15lb Avon boxes off the belt by their corners with a single hand each.

    "Learn to not death grip...." shooooooot, the death grip comes in handy, man, every single day.

    [EDIT addition:
    I think that's the issue exactly. :censored2: always gets sore when you work a group of muscles more than you usually would, and I feel like there's a good chance he just shocked the :censored2: out of his body when he started package handling.]
  8. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Its amazing how strong that death grip gets with practice.
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  9. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    My hands hurt non stop the first 3 months. I think it was mostly job #2 and building emergency brakes by hand for 10 hours every day before I went to ups.
  10. jibbs

    jibbs Long Live the Chief

    Ahhh... I wish my hands were that strong. I'd choke out half the building just so I can work without hearing some of those dumbasses for 4-5hours straight.
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  11. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Now, a low life jack wagon, and still loving it.

    Pain is weakness leaving the body.
  12. Legitimyze

    Legitimyze Member

    Ive only been there about 2 months now.
  13. Gumby

    Gumby *

    Cant pull my pants down,at work!:1eye:
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  14. UPSGUY72

    UPSGUY72 Well-Known Member

    Did the pain start after the first day.
  15. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    The pain starts AFTER you pull down your pants. And remember to bend at the knees.
  16. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Best way to avoid this? Get hired off the street as a driver. :)
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  17. Gumby

    Gumby *

    I wear grip gloves at work. it saves alot of strain on your hands.
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  18. Drink more water. Helps a lot. If that doesn't help you may just have to accept it unfortunately. This job is tough on your body

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  19. jr32bad

    jr32bad Active Member

    Try a banana you might be low on potassium
  20. Legitimyze

    Legitimyze Member

    No I did not notice it right away. It seems worse when they have me unloading though. I do use gloves when unloading, but when loading I cant because I was trained to peel the stickers and place them so I can see it. It helps me keep the packages in order.