As people get older, it is possible to notice more pain or stiffness in the hands and wrist. This does not necessarily mean to stop doing things needing or enjoyable to do. Now, there are more options available to help ease joint pain, strengthen hands, and continue doing things that before were taken for granted.
Arthritis affects the bone, cartilage, soft tissue, and connective tissue in joints. The pain can get worse with repetitive tasks, and make it difficult to do everyday things, such as opening a jar. Signs of arthritis include pain, stiffness, weakness, and joint deformity.
Home treatments and exercise, sometimes with professional supervision, can help reduce the pain and other symptoms, and can be a noninvasive way to:
There are hand exercises that can help strengthen the muscles supporting the joints and will also help perform hand movements with less discomfort. Always consult a physical therapist or healthcare provider before beginning any exercise regimen or if you develop any pain during any exercise:
Liberating Relief from Aching, Stiff or Injured Hands [Internet] Available from: https://www.health.harvard.edu/promotions/harvard-health-publications/healthy-hands-mar2022-test?utm_source=delivra&utm_medium=email&utm
Arthritis in hands and fingers [Internet] Available from: https://www.healthline.com/health/osteoarthritis/arthritis-hand-exercises