wrist weakness post trapeziectomy


i'm worried. had op november 2023 and 4 months later my wrist is weak. am i worrying unnecessarily and is this just about waiting?


  • Trish9556
    Trish9556 Member Posts: 522

    Hi @beaupatrol

    Do you do any exercises on your wrist? Your wrist has been hammered as much as your thumb joint and needs exdercising in it's own right. Pointless just doing your thumb exercises, you need to rebuild strength in your wrist too.


  • helpline_team

    Hi @beaupatrol

    Thanks for contacting our Online Community.

    I'm sorry to hear you're worried about your weak wrist following Trapeziectomy surgery.

    Trish is right it's important to exercise the wrist as well as the thumb and fingers as this is where most of your strength will lie. Failing to use joints following surgery especially the hand can make the tendons and ligaments shorten and cause the hands and wrists to stiffen. Using a number of different gentle stretching and strengthening exercise on wrist, thumb and fingers should help you regain strength. It may also be worth asking your GP if they can refer you to a hand specialist or contacting your surgeon to ensure everything is healing well and you are able to continue with exercises.

    You can find out more on exercises for the hand on our website:

    Best wishes,

    Tracey - HelplineAdvisor

  • Wendas1960


    I am also post op for a trapeziectomy. 11 weeks. I'm frustrated that I have no strength in my hand and still have pain and numbness. Is this normal.


  • helpline_team


    Thanks for your post to the Helpline. This is an enquiry which needs to go to a health care professional - and 1st step would be to contact the surgeon's team.

    For peer support, we'd suggest you post on the Living with arthritis forum.

    Hand and wrist surgery | Treatment options | Versus Arthritis

    I hope that's helpful

    Guy - Helpline Team