Exercise Equipment for Hand Arthritis

Helping to Maintain or Improve Hand Function and Strength

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.

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.  

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ACF Grip Strengthener Best Adjustable Hand Exerciser

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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 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.

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Thera-Band Hand Exerciser

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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.

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Therapy Putty - Resistive Hand Exercise Theraputty Kit

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This was the first thing that was recommended to me at my initial consultation with a rheumatologist many, many years ago. I was young and I ignored it. Major regret!  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.

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Patterson Medical Ultimate Hand Helper - Model 5276

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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.

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MANUS Physical Therapy Hand Exerciser

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Hand yoga helps to put fingers through their full range of motion to improve flexibility and strength. The Manus hand exerciser has a wrist strap and individual finger bands that function like a pulley. Consult your doctor or a physical therapist for tips about proper use and technique.

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The Original Hand Strengthener & Finger Exerciser by FingerMagic

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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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Thumb Exerciser - Model 5325

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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.

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Source:

The Importance of Grip Strength. APECS. Jason Shea. Accessed 08/04/2015. http://www.apec-s.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/The-importance-of-grip-strength.pdf

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