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Hand Exercises for Arthritis

Tendon glides for hands

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.

  1. Hold your hand straight with your fingers and thumb pointing up. Your wrist should be relaxed, following the line of your fingers and thumb.
  2. Curl your fingers so that the top two joints in them are bent, and your fingers wrap down. Your fingertips should touch or be near the base of your fingers. Your fingers will look like a hook.
  3. Make a fist by bending your knuckles. Your thumb can gently rest against your index (pointing) finger.
  4. Unwind your fingers slightly so that your fingertips can touch the base of your palm. Your thumb can rest against your index finger.
  5. Move back to your starting position, with your fingers and thumb pointing up.

Repeat the series of motions 10 times with each hand.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy

Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 14, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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