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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Health Center

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Exercises for Arm and Wrist - Topic 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:

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  • 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.

    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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