Getting a good result from surgery has a lot to do with the therapy that comes after
surgery. Excellent results are seen in well motivated and dedicated patients who work
hard with their daily home therapy. After a bad injury or major surgery your hand will
never be exactly as it was before. The goal however, is to get it as close to normal
function as possible.
Wrist exercises increase flexibility and help lower the risk of injury. Stretches are
recommended as a preventive measure or to ease slight pain. However, they should not be
used by people with inflammation or serious joint damage unless recommended by a
healthcare professional. This is because, in those cases, exercise could cause more harm
to your wrists or hands.
Various physical exercises which are helpful in the rehabilitation procedure are :
- Extended arm : To stretch in the opposite direction: Extend your arm with
your palm facing up toward the ceiling, with your free hand, gently press your
fingers down toward the floor, gently pull your fingers back toward your body.
- Make a Fist : Hand and finger exercises can help strengthen your hands and
fingers, increase your range of motion, and give you pain relief. Stretch only until
you feel tightness.
- Finger Stretch : Try this stretch to help with pain relief and to improve
the range of motion in your hands
- Grip Strengthener : This exercise can make it easier to open door knobs and
hold things without dropping them.
- Finger Lift : Use this exercise to help increase the range of motion and
flexibility in your fingers.
- Thumb Extension : Strengthening the muscles of your thumbs can help you grab
and lift heavy things like cans and bottles.
- Thumb Touch : This exercise helps increase the range of motion in your
thumbs, which helps with activities like picking up your toothbrush, fork and spoon,
and pens when you write.