Tuesday, 25 of July of 2017

Reduce Hand & Wrist Pain With These Easy Exercises

 

 

Chronic pain, stiffness and swelling in your fingers, hand and wrist can make it difficult to do even the simplest tasks, from opening a jar to buttoning your shirt. Osteoarthritis is the most frequent cause for this type of discomfort, but other conditions may also be a factor, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, ganglion cysts or sprains from a fall or overuse due to a sports injury.

Here are some simple exercises from Harvard Medical School that can help increase mobility, while decreasing pain.

Step 1. Place a rolled-up towel on a table and put your forearm on it, palm side down. Move the hand upward gently until you feel a light stretch. Relax the hand and return to the starting position.

Step 2. Keep your forearm on the towel and gently move your wrist up and down through the full range of motion.

Step 3. Sit with your arm at your side. Bend your elbow so it’s at a 90-degree angle with your palm facing down. Now gently rotate your forearm so that your palm faces up, then down. Repeat several times

Step 4. Extend your finger straight out from your hand. Curl the fingers in like a hook; then extend them again. Now make a full fist and extend your fingers again. Repeat several times.

If you experience numbness or tingling in your hand, fingers or wrist or severe pain, check with the doctor first before doing any exercises, no matter how gentle. Dr. Kagan not only specializes in knee, hip and shoulder pain, but also orthopedic conditions affecting the hand and wrist. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 239-936-6778 or go to www.kaganortho.com.


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