Exercises for flexibility and strength in your hand, wrist, and arm

Your doctor can give you information about exercises for building flexibility and strength in your hand, wrist, and arm.

Exercises for flexibility may include:

  • Rotating your wrist up, down, and from side to side.
  • Stretching your fingers far apart, then relaxing them, then stretching them again.
  • Stretching your thumb by pulling it back gently, holding it, and then releasing it.

Exercises to increase strength may include:

  • Squeezing a rubber ball.
  • Wrist curls and extensions with a light weight.

If any exercise or motion causes pain or swelling, stop that exercise, or reduce the intensity or amount of motion.

Last Updated: October 29, 2008

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