After a hand surgery, you can strengthen your hand and restore a range of motion with physical therapy. By performing hand exercises that focus on strengthening and stretching muscles, you can improve the flexibility of your fingers and hands. It is important to consult a physical therapist and practice the exercises regularly.

Some of the physical therapy exercises for strengthening muscles after a hand surgery:

  • Make a fist
  • Make a gentle fist with one hand placing your thumb across your fingers. Hold the position for several seconds, then straighten and spread your fingers as far apart as possible. Alternatively, try the exercise by crumbling up a piece of paper or gripping a ball in the palm of your hand to increase resistance. This exercise helps with pain relief and improving the range of motion of your hand.

  • Finger Bend
  • Keeping your fingers straight, gently bend your fingers at the knuckles as far as possible. Straighten your fingers and repeat. Perform 50 repetitions of the exercise each hour you are awake. This exercise helps improve muscle strength and range of motion

  • Finger tap
  • With your palm facing down, place your hand on a flat surface. Start by raising your thumb. Lower your thumb and then raise your index finger. Lower the index finger and repeat the exercise for each finger on your hand.

  • Wrist stretch
  • Using one hand, support your forearm. Move your wrist forward as far as you can and then backwards as far as you can. Repeat the exercise 10 times to stretch your wrist.

  • Forearm rotation
  • Bend your arm and hold your elbow close to your side. Straighten your hand and fingers, keeping them close together. With your palms facing down, rotate your hand until your palms are facing upward. Then rotate your hand back toward the floor. Repeat the exercise to help strengthen your hands and wrists.

Consult a physical therapist at IMC

At Integrated Medical Care (IMC), our physical therapy specialists know that each person has his own personalized requirements. We assess each patient’s physical and medical history, and design treatment plans accordingly. Call 845-535-9884 for a consultation with our physical therapy specialists or email us at

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