What is normal tip pinch strength?

What is normal tip pinch strength?
What is normal tip pinch strength?

What is normal tip pinch grip is a common question we get as physical therapists.

Measurement of pinch strength is an important parameters to determine hand function.

Researchers often conduct studies and establish reference ranges to determine what might be considered “normal” for a specific population.

These ranges can help assess an individual’s pinch strength compared to their peers.

What is tip pinch strength?

Tip, Key, and Palmar pinch are the three types of pinch strengths. Workers frequently use a combination of these pinch grips with various force levels in the workplace.

In this blog, we will discuss tip pinch strength.

Tip Pinch

  • A tip pinch is also known as pulp pinch.
    • In this type of pinch grip, the individual holds an object between the tip of the thumb and the tip of one or more fingers.
    • This grip is characterized by using the pulp, or fleshy pad, of the thumb to apply pressure against the tip of another finger or fingers.
    • Tip pinches are often used when holding or manipulating small objects that require precise control.
    • For example, picking up a coin between the thumb and index finger would be an example of a tip pinch.
Average Tip Pinch Strength
Average Tip Pinch Strength

Interpretation of the research

Tip pinch strength, which measures the force exerted by the thumb and fingers, can vary widely among individuals.

Achieving an appropriate pinch grip necessitates the ability to accurately coordinate the fingers through a combination of sensation and force control.

Normal tip pinch strength depends on factors such as age, gender, and overall health. Research results can vary from study to study.

Overall, tip pinch strength tends to decrease with age and may differ between males and females.

Here are some general values to take out of the research.

  • Tip Pinch (Pulp Pinch):
    • Normal range: 5-10 pounds of force.


Physical therapists can discuss health exercise programs for you but more specifically, we can help if you have a weak or painful grip. A systematic approach of proper testing to determine impairments, then manual therapy and muscular re-training is usually necessary to get better.

At PhysioFit of NC, we have the expert team in musculoskeletal conditions to help you to the fullest.

We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Grip Strength Program.  This includes manual therapy and exercises to improve finger and hand mobility and wrist stability. The primary goal of treatment is to address the underlying muscular imbalance issues and strength deficits causing impaired grip.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today so we can help you!