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Hand and Wrist Exercises: Palms Down Wrist Curl

This exercise is designed to stretch and strengthen your forearm, hands, and wrists. Before beginning, talk about this exercise with your healthcare provider and read through all the instructions. While exercising, breathe normally. If you feel any pain, stop the exercise. If pain persists, tell your healthcare provider.

Closeup of hand holding end of hammer handle palm up. Arrow shows hand rotating palm down.

  • Grasp a hammer or hand weight in your hand. Place your wrist, palm down, over the end of your knee or on the edge of a table.

  • Keeping your forearm against your thigh or a table, rotate your hand until your palm is up. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds. Then return to starting position.

  • Repeat 5 to 10 times. Do 2 to 3 sets a day.

Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Turley Jr PA-C
Online Medical Reviewer: Thomas N Joseph MD
Date Last Reviewed: 6/1/2020
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