Getting Back on Track After your hand injury or surgery
The Key to Recovery How well you recover after any injury or surgery of the hand, wrist or arm is dependent on occupational therapy, especially hand therapy with a certified hand therapist. With years of extensive training in the upper extremity and hands, a hand therapist is a true specialist in this area. That makes all the difference in the speed and completeness ofyour recovery. Depending on your body and the severity of the injury or surgery, the length of time to recover can vary. Typically soft tissue injuries take six weeks or more to heal and bone injuries take eight weeks or longer. Your doctor and therapist work together to make sure you are progressing at the needed pace to allow your body to heal at its best ability. Know that no matter what you have been through, the expert hand and occupational therapists at Hands For Living are here to work with you and your doctor to achieve the best outcomes. In no time, you will be well on your way to a speedy recovery and
Having a hand, wrist or arm injurycan really setyou back and not just in the short term. Everyday, you use your hands and arms to do thousands of tasks that we often take for granted. From brushing your teeth to cutting upyour food,your hands and arms do a lot of work.That is why, when an injury occursorafteraneededsurgicalprocedure, hand therapy is vital to get your joints and muscles moving properly again. After an injury or surgery, right away muscles begin to waste, joints become stiff and swelling happens. The hands are a very difficult place for swelling to leave from and it typicallytakes quite some time for it to resolve. Depending on the type of injury or surgery, putting the arm or wrist in a cast or brace may be required. This helps the tendons, ligaments or bones affected, to heal in a natural position. The downside is that you don’t do all those normal movements you need to be doing each day. Everything becomes stiff and weak. However, the right therapy can increaseyour movement and strength back to normal.
back to your normal daily activities. Call us today to find out how we can help you.
THUMB IP EXTENSION STRETCH
Try this movement for arthritis.
Grasp the affected thumb below the last knuckle and gently stretch it into a more straightened position.
Why Choose Hands For Living?
• Expert, caring, and cost-effective evaluation of your injury or concern. • Information about what has happened and what can be done to help. • Specialized exercises and instructions to complete between sessions. • Comfortable and precise customorthoses (splints), if needed, to protect your elbow, wrist, or hand or improve motion. • Care of wounds, scars, swelling, and injuries to tendon, nerve, bone, muscle or soft tissue. • Practical ergonomic instructions to prevent injuries.
Always consultyour therapistorphysicianbefore startingexercisesyouareunsureofdoing.
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