Below are exercises that you can do to help stretch and
strengthen the muscles in your hands and fingers and reduce pain and stiffness.
Before you try any of these exercises, talk to your doctor or physical
therapist. He or she can help design an exercise plan that is best for
If you feel pain when you do these exercises, stop. Ask your
doctor or physical therapist if there are other exercises that you can do to
keep your muscles flexible and strong.
This exercise is a gentle way to move the joints and
tendons in your hands. Do these movements until you feel a mild stretch. Never
push to a strong stretch.
In this exercise, the steps follow one
another to a make a continuous movement.
Repeat the series of motions 10 times with each
Do this exercise 10 times with
each hand. Each exercise includes all fingers.
June 5, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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