Thumb Sprain Exercises

If you have had surgery or if you have been in a cast or splint, you may do these exercises when your healthcare provider says you are ready.

  • Thumb active range of motion: With your palm flat on a table or other surface, move your thumb away from your palm as far you can. Hold this position for 5 seconds and bring it back to the starting position. Then rest your hand on the table in a handshake position. Move your thumb out to the side away from your palm as far as possible. Hold for 5 seconds. Return to the starting position. Next, bring your thumb across your palm toward your little finger. Hold this position for 5 seconds. Return to the starting position. Repeat this entire sequence 15 times. Do 2 sets of 15.
  • Wrist range of motion
  • Flexion: Gently bend your wrist forward. Hold for 5 seconds. Do 2 sets of 15.
  • Extension: Gently bend your wrist backward. Hold this position 5 seconds. Do 2 sets of 15.
  • Side to side: Gently move your wrist from side to side (a handshake motion). Hold for 5 seconds in each direction. Do 2 sets of 15.
  • Thumb strengthening: Pick up small objects, such as paper clips, pencils, and coins, using your thumb and each of your other fingers, one at a time. Practice this exercise for about 5 minutes.
  • Grip strengthening: Squeeze a soft rubber ball and hold the squeeze for 5 seconds. Do 2 sets of 15.

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