What is weak grip strength?

What is weak grip strength?
What is weak grip strength?

Determining weak grip strength is a measurement we assess as physical therapists.

Weak grip strength refers to a lack of strength in the muscles responsible for gripping objects firmly with your hand or hands.

Grip strength is an important aspect of hand and upper body strength and is essential for various daily activities and tasks, as well as for sports and physical activities.

Weak grip strength can impact a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks like opening jars, carrying groceries, or holding onto objects securely.

It can also affect athletic performance in sports that require a strong grip, such as weightlifting, rock climbing, or tennis.

Research for minimal grip strength for older adults

Research by Wang and Chen identified cutoffs for grip strength needed by older adults to manage heavy tasks (eg, lifting or carrying 11kg or 24 lbs objects)

  • 18.5 kg or 40 lbs for women
  • 28.5kg or 62 lbs for men

I will add that a painful grip is just as bad as a weak grip.  A painful grip can lead to disuse or compensation and ultimately lead to a weak grip.  Therefore, having your grip tested can be a very helpful measure for your overall physical health.

Treatment options for weak and painful grip

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!