Hand Exercises to Lessen Arthritis Pain

The pain coming from arthritis could negatively impact your day-to-day activities. The arthritis condition commonly occurs in the hands. Rheumatoid arthritis causes joint inflammation. Osteoarthritis on the other hand includes the wear and tear of the cartilage. If you are suffering from arthritis, there are many ways that you can do to lessen the pain and discomfort before getting it treated. Once the pain has been alleviated, you will regain your mobility.

Your hand surgeon in Georgia or at the location that you’re in will be able to provide you with different hand exercises to help manage your arthritis pain. Hand movements and finger and wrist exercises can help strengthen your hand muscles and improve its function. Trying these exercises may improve your condition.

1. Finger lift

While your hand rests flat on the table, lift each finger off the table slowly while holding it for 2 seconds then slowly lowering it again. Do it with every finger.

2. Thumb ends

Lean your elbow on a flat surface then lift your hand, making sure that your palm is facing toward you. Bend your thumb inward like making a number 4 hand gesture. Stretch the bottom of your pinky finger using your thumb, stretching it as far as you can. Hold it for 2 seconds and perform it on your other hand too.

3. Hand Clenches 

Outstretch your hand on a table or flat surface, then clench your hand to a fist. Hold it for 2 seconds before gradually straightening your fingers.

4. Curving your hands to the shape of an O

Curve your hand forming the shape of letter O then hold it for 2 seconds. Do this frequently throughout the day.

5. Ball Squeezes  

Squeeze a stress-ball for 2 seconds before gradually releasing it. Repeat this throughout the day. This will improve the flexibility of your joints.
If you would like more information on how to improve your hand function, book an appointment with Dr. Kolovich thru OptimHealth. Dr. Kolovich is a fellowship trained hand and upper extremity orthopedic doctor. He has attended the Harvard Medical School and is currently the President of Georgia Society for Surgery of the Hand (GSSH). He is an exceptional doctor who can help you with your arthritis or any other hand issue.

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