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Hand FAQ

Question:

I'm 72-years old and in fairly good health. About six months ago I had carpal tunnel releases done on both hands at the same time. My hands are much better now but I still can't get my car door open without using both hands together. Will I ever get the strength back I need for this?

Answer:

Grip and pinch strength can improve with exercise. You may need a specific rehab program to help you out with hand function. A physical or occupational therapist can offer you some help in this area. Most often, one or two visits with a follow-up home program are all that's needed.

Most muscle training takes about four to six weeks to show improvements. Don't get discouraged if you don't see a change right away. Commit to your exercises for at least a month before quitting or trying something else. If you don't see any improvement after giving it your best, see your doctor for follow-up.

Robert A. Weber, MD, and Malcolm J. Rude, MD. Clinical Outcomes of Carpal Tunnel Release in Patients 65 and Older. In The Journal of Hand Surgery. January 2005. Vol. 30A. No. 1. Pp. 75-80.

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