4 Arthritis Hand Exercises
By Ehren Allen, DPT/Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
4 Hand Exercises for Arthritis
Hand exercises can help to improve the use of your hands if you have arthritis. But, exercises for arthritis is not the same as other strength exercises. Arthritis is inflammation in the joints due to the cartilage’s wearing on the surfaces of a joint. Overloading or stressing an arthritic joint can lead to more pain and less mobility.
The hand has 29 bones that are connected with ligaments and joints. That means that there are lots of joints that can become arthritic. This is why you must be very careful when choosing exercises for the hands if there is arthritis.
4 Top Hand Exercises for Arthritis
- Opening and Closing the hand under warm water. Move the hand gently and allow the heat from the warm water to soothe the area. Repeat gently for several minutes as tolerated.
2. Wrist flexion and Extension Stretches. Hold each position gently for 30 seconds as tolerated.
3. Finger Bending and Extending. Repeat 20 x gently as tolerated
4. Wrist movement. Repeat 20 x gently as tolerated.
Exercises to Avoid with Hand Arthritis
Arthritis in the hand can become worse with excessive loading or stress on the joints. Here are some tips to keep in mind when dealing with hand arthritis.
- Avoid heavy resistance with gripping
- Stop stretching if you feel pain
- Avoid opening jars or turning a screwdriver
Pain in the Hands with Exercises
If you have arthritis in the hands and these hand exercises do not help, it is time to see a Hand Specialist. The Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute Northeast Florida’s top hand specialists and are here to help. JOI is taking precautions during COVID-19 to keep you safe so that you don’t have to wait to get treatment.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a JOI Orthopedic Hand Specialist, call 904-JOI-2000, schedule online, or click the link below.