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Arm and wrist exercises: Overview

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.

Wrist flexion and extension

How to do wrist flexion and extension exercises
  1. Place your forearm on a table, with your affected hand and wrist extended beyond the table, palm down.
  2. Slowly bend your wrist to move your hand upward. Close your hand into a fist. Then lower your hand and allow your fingers to relax. Hold each position for about 6 seconds. You should feel a gentle stretch.
  3. Repeat 8 to 12 times.

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