Hand Weakness

Hand strength differs in all individuals. Your hand is a complex system of nerves, muscles, joints, bones and tendons. Any injury or damage to any of these may lead to muscle weakness. A muscular person will have a better grip than a lean person. Factors such as age, gender, physical fitness, muscularity and size affect the grip strength of hands. A dynamometer is used to evaluate the hand strength of a person. For an average man the hand strength should be between 105-112 lbs. while for an average woman it should be around 57-65 lbs. a little difference in values is acceptable but abnormally low hand strength is a matter of concern. Short term weakness can be due to a medication or a sedative. Such weakness wears off as the effect of the sedative goes away.

Causes of Weak hands:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: it is caused due to the pressure on median nerve that runs through the wrist. It causes numbness and tingling in the thumb and three fingers.
  • Radial Neuropathy: movement in wrist, fingers and hand is controlled by the radial nerve. Any damage to this nerve can cause loss of hand function.
  • Muscular Dystrophy: In this diseased the injured muscle fibers get weak over time. It is a genetic disease.
  • Tendonitis: pain and inflammation in the tendons of the hands can lead to hand weakness.


Many more conditions may cause weakness in hands. The treatment revolves around treatment of the underlying conditions and overcoming the symptoms. At HPFY we bring to you a wide assortment of products for people with weak hands to help them with their day to day tasks. Try the Mabis DMI Small Button Aid and Zipper Pull for independent dressing, Essential Medicals Bendable Spoon with Large Handle, Essential Medical Molded Sock Aid, Easi Reader Book Holder and many more products. These products are available from quality vendors like ESSENTIAL MEDICAL, MADDAK, NORTH COAST MEDICAL etc. at best prices on HPFY!

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