Why Do I Keep Dropping Things? Hand Weakness

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Are you having trouble holding onto things?  Do you find yourself constantly dropping your keys, or do you have difficulty holding onto your coffee cup or maybe the fork you pull from your drawer keeps slipping out of your hands.  While you might just be clumsy, you may also have a condition that is affecting your grip.  Below are 3 conditions that can cause hand weakness, to help answer the question, why do I keep dropping things?


Arthritis can cause your joints to lose the cartilage that allows them to move smoothly against each other. As the cartilage deteriorates, pain and swelling can occur. The pain, swelling, and stiffness of arthritis can make it difficult to bend your fingers and to pinch your thumb and fingers together. This occurs most often in the base of the thumb or in the joints of your fingers.


Numbness and swelling in the hands can also be caused by inflamed tendons, a condition called tendinitis.  In most cases, tendinitis is caused by overuse from activities such as typing, cleaning,  painting walls and sports.  When overworked tendons become irritated they can develop small tears causing pain and muscle weakness. With tendinitis you may experience numbness or tingling in any finger, including your pinky.

Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs) – Carpal tunnel syndrome

Activities and sports requiring the same repeated motion, such as swinging a tennis racket or typing on a keyboard, can create stress on hands and fingers. Repetitive tasks can irritate nerves, tendons, and bone resulting in pain, swelling, and loss of muscle strength.

Those symptoms together are called Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs), and one of the most common RSIs is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).  CTS can start with a aching in the wrist that extends to your hands or up your arm. Other symptoms can include tingling or numbness in the fingers, especially at night. Over time, your hand can become weak or numb.

Treatment for these conditions should always start with talking to your health care provider who can diagnosis your problem and give you recommendations for treatment.  Depending on the diagnosis, treatment options can include include applying heat and cold, wearing a splint or brace for support or rest, occupational or physical therapy and medications to reduce pain and swelling.

Splints such as the  3pp Design Line Thumb Splint relieve thumb pain when pinching or gripping can help alleviate your symptoms and improve your ability to hold objects  without the fear of dropping them.  Gloves that have silicone dots or tacky material in the palm are a great solution if you have compromised hand strength. The Protexgloves with grips can help make it easier and safer to lift a coffee pot or hot water and put away your dishes. The Mueller Green Fitted Wrist Brace  can help relieve your symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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Our blogs are educational in nature and are not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Because your condition is unique to you, it is recommended that you consult with your health care provider before attempting any medical or therapeutic treatments. We are always happy to answer questions about products mentioned in our blogs, however, we cannot provide a diagnosis or medical advice.

5 comments on “Why Do I Keep Dropping Things? Hand Weakness

  1. It happen to me I drop the cigarette . Keys an other things they dont hurt only occasionally but they are silky and slippery same as my feet.

  2. I don’t have any of those symptoms things just fall out of my right hand I don’t know until I raise my hand

    1. I don’t have any of those symptoms either but I have the same problem. When I am using my right hand, I’ll let go of whatever I’m holding in my left hand without noticing until I raise my hand.

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