My brother was just complaining that with his arthritis he can hardly grip his golf clubs. I, myself, have been experiencing pain in my thumbs. Last week, I talked about feet and now it’s time to address hands.
There are overuse problems like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, De Quervain’s disease, repetitive motion syndrome, writer’s cramps and trigger finger/thumb. There are bone, muscle, and joint problems such as Dupuytren’s and ganglion cysts. And there are problems from medical conditions such as tingling in heart attacks, decreased blood flow with Diabetes, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, and Reynaud’s phenomenon. Really, what are the chances of not having any or these?
Like other body parts, simple regular hand strengthening can best retard functional aging changes in hands and hand flexibility exercises. The best thing I found is this slide show: Ten ways to exercise hands and fingers. Once again the axiom: use it or lose it, applies to hand function, as it does to any other part of the musculoskeletal system.