with osteoarthritis can be difficult, and sometimes the most frustrating part
is the pain in the hands and fingers. But patients do not have to sit by and
live with this pain. The following exercises can help patients strengthen their
hands and fingers, increase their range of motion, and give pain relief. Just
remember to stretch only until the feeling of tightness and the feeling of pain
should not happen. The pain management specialists at The Pain Center of
Arizona recommend that you do exercises frequently, but not if it causes a
significant amount of pain.
making a fist. Make a gentle fist, wrapping your thumb across your fingers. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Release and spread your fingers
wide, then repeat with both hands at least four times.
finger stretch helps with pain relief and to improve the range of motion in
your hands. Start by placing your hand palm-down on a table or other flat
surface. Gently straighten your fingers as flat as you can against the surface
without forcing your joints. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds and then release. Repeat
at least four times with each hand.
stretch helps improve the range of motion in your fingers. First, hold your
hand out in front of you, palm facing you. Bend your fingertips down to touch
the base of each finger joint (your hand should look a little like a claw).
Hold for 30 to 60 seconds and release. Repeat at least four times on each hand.
strengthener can make it easier to open door knobs and hold things without
dropping them. Find a soft ball and hold the ball in your palm and squeeze it
as hard as you can. Hold for a few seconds and release. Repeat 10 to 15 times
on each hand. Do this exercise two to three times a week, but rest your hands
for 48 hours in between sessions. Don’t do this exercise if your thumb joint is
pinch strengthener helps strengthen the muscles of your fingers and thumb. It
can help you turn keys, open food packages, and use the gas pump more easily.
Find a soft ball or some putty and pinch either the ball or putty between the
tips of your fingers and your thumb. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat 10 to 15
times on both hands. Do this exercise two to three times a week, but rest your
hands for 48 hours in between sessions. Don’t do this exercise if your thumb
joint is damaged.
finger lift is helpful in increasing the range of motion and flexibility in
your fingers. Place your hand flat, palm down, on a table or other surface.
Gently lift one finger at a time off of the table and then lower it. You can
also lift all your fingers and thumb at once, and then lower. Repeat eight to
12 times on each hand.
thumb extension strengthens the muscles of your thumbs and can help you grab
and lift heavy things like cans and bottles. Put your hand flat on a table and
wrap a rubber band around your hand at the base of your finger joints. Gently
move your thumb away from your fingers as far as you can. Hold for 30 to 60
seconds and release. Repeat 10 to 15 times with both hands. You can do this
exercise two to three times a week, but rest your hands for 48 hours in between
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The advice and information
contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended
to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult
your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other
educational medical material.