Exercise Equipment for Hand Arthritis

Arthritis of the hand is associated with pain, swelling, stiffness, decreased range of motion, and decreased grip strength. Rheumatoid arthritis is characteristically associated with ulnar drift and hand deformity.

A lost function can make usual activities of daily living difficult. Seemingly simple tasks, which we often take for granted, can become impossible. It's important to preserve existing hand function and to work at improving strength and range of motion by exercising. There are numerous products designed to help you with that. Consider the following assistive devices to be used with hand exercise. Consult with your doctor and a physical therapist to learn which of the devices would be most beneficial for your condition and to learn about proper use.


ACF Grip Strengthener

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Grip strength is defined as the force applied by the hand to grasp an object. There are numerous muscles involved in the movement of the forearm and hand, many of which are involved in gripping. Grip strength may be diminished if you have arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, or other musculoskeletal conditions affecting the hand and wrist. By using a grip strengthener/hand exerciser, you can maintain or re-gain grip strength.


Thera-Band Hand Exerciser

The Thera-Band Hand Exerciser is designed to help with hand, finger, and forearm strengthening. At 50% compression (squeeze and release), available tension ranges from 3 lbs to 17 lbs. The exerciser comes in two sizes, standard (which is best for smaller hands) and extra-large (for large hands or people with arthritis or limitations related to hand mobility).


Therapy Putty

Hand exercise is essential for people with rheumatoid arthritis or other conditions affecting hand function. The therapy putty puts your hand and fingers through its full range of motion as you mold the putty. This item is color-coded to easily identify the resistance level (weak to extra firm). The silicone-based putty is guaranteed to maintain resistance consistency for one year. The product is non-latex, unscented, and non-toxic.


Patterson Medical Ultimate Hand Helper

The Ultimate Hand Helper can improve your hand flexibility and grip strength. The product contains color-coded, latex-free elastic bands for light to heavy resistance. It also has an adjustable frame to accommodate different hand sizes.


Thumb Exerciser

This is a device designed to exercise your thumb. The resistance is provided by rubber bands. The goal is to improve the strength of your thumb.


The Original Hand Strengthener and Finger Exerciser

A finger workout helps to build finger strength—it's that simple. FingerMagic has designed a portable exerciser for your hands. The tension in each finger press is adjustable from 3 to 8.5 lbs—simply turn the dial on its base.


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  • The Importance of Grip Strength. APECS. Jason Shea.