It may not be a health problem many people think about, but for those who suffer from it, hand weakness is a serious issue that can complicate even the most routine of daily tasks — and, by extension, make getting through the day difficult.
“We use our hands for everything, starting as soon as we wake in the morning,” explains Carrie DeLuca, a certified hand therapist and senior occupational therapist at the Tidelands Health Hand Therapy Center in Myrtle Beach. “We use our hands for basic daily activities including self-care, such as dressing and bathing, as well as for our jobs, hobbies and walking our dogs.”
As DeLuca notes, people with hand weakness can struggle to cut food or open containers, brush their teeth, fasten buttons or zippers, drive a car or even open and close doors.
It’s a truly frustrating malady, and as it turns out, it’s a great deal more common than you might expect.