Harvard Women's Health Watch

Workout for aching hands

Stretching, strengthening, and range-of-motion exercises can help relieve pain and prevent injury.

Painful hands can affect everything from the way we work and play to how we communicate and express ourselves. The most common cause of hand pain is arthritis. Another is carpal tunnel syndrome, a nerve impingement in the wrist that may cause numbness and finger weakness. Both of these disorders disproportionately affect women.

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