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Thumb – Mobilization with Adduction/Abduction (Early Stage)

I wanted to have this topic on this website for a number of reasons:

  1. Many people have hand injuries and they just end up settling with permanent discomfort and arthritis.
  2. We developed some amazing treatments for the thumb, which actually work and you can do at home too.

If you have suffered from strains, sprains, fractures or even neurological conditions of the hand and you have either left it late to rehab or after an operation on your hand this is a great way to get it moving.

Again we urge caution that if you are suffering from severe neurological pain please visit or contact Therapyroom1, some conditions we would advise you to contact us about before you do this exercise.

Scaphoid fractures Carpal Tunnel Dupytrens
Ulna or Radius fracture Arthritis e.g. Gout, Rheumatoid etc Osteoporosis

Level: Beginner (Early Rehab)

Equipment: None


Starting position:

  • Place you injured arm on a table, making sure that there is enough room to rest your elbow on it too
  • Thumb should be up so make sure you arm is on its side (little finger on the table)
  • Take you good hand and hold the bad thumb between the thumb and FIRST finger of the good hand
  • Warning! – we are only moving this a FEW MILLIMETERS
  • Gently move the thumb in a straight HORIZONTAL line either towards the other fingers or away from them
Reps Sets Time (minutes)

Advancement of Exercise

Slowly start to increase the distance of the thumb away the other fingers and then back towards them.

Note:// Although these exercises are designed to help you help yourself, we urge caution in all rehabilitation that you do not over do the exercises. If you do feel pain or are worried that you are not doing the exercise properly then please call 01522 511834 and make an appointment see one of our highly trained practitioners.

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