The most common areas in the hand to have OA are the CMC joint of … Repeat 8 to 12 times. Using the other hand, stretch the affected Other causes of arthritis Each exercise should be done slowly, only bending and stretching as far as is comfortable. Exercises and Strengthening for Thumb Osteoarthritis This leaflet provides information on exercises for patients with osteoarthritis in the thumb, who are under the care of the hand therapy team at St George’s Hospital. Wrist Sprain: Exercises (page 2) Resisted ulnar deviation 1. The most common forms of arthritis in the hand are osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis (after an injury), and rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis of the hand can be both painful and disabling. 4. 3. Sit leaning forward with your legs slightly spread. Grasp one end of an exercise band with your hand facing toward your other thigh, and step on the other end. Exercise 1 Daily / Weekly O Place your hands and forearms body width apart, palms down on a table O Lift your thumbs up off the table, Slowly bend your wrist upward for a count of 2, then lower your wrist slowly to a count of 5. If you find the exercises difficult or uncomfortable check that you are doing them correctly and reduce the number of repetitions. Osteoarthritis: Commonly referred to as OA, osteoarthritis is the most common of the joint diseases diagnosed in the United States (Arthritis Foundation). If you continue to experience any problems please contact the department. Each hand has 19 bones, plus 8 small bones and the two forearm bones that form the wrist. If an exercise causes you pain, reduce the range (distance you move the joint by) to a position that is comfortable for you. If you have any further questions on the information in this leaflet, please speak directly to your therapist. Exercise within a comfortable and pain free range. 1. It is also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD). Place hand and forearm palm up on a table. affects the hands and fingers.