Just after Hand surgery, your surgeon will check the progress and then consult
with a therapist to make a customized rehabilitation program for you. The
post-operative hand therapy includes wrist, finger, thumb, and hand; they focus
more on the injury repair, tendon and nerve repair, followed by healing of soft
tissue injuries due to surgery.
Generally, in the hospital orthopaedic surgeons collaborate with the certified
hand therapist and physical therapist to streamline the whole rehabilitation
process after surgery. They design a rehab program that aims to get their
patients back to normal life.
Your early post-operative rehabilitation training consists of analysing and
dressing of surgical incision, and assessing the condition of the wound, then
safely eliminating the post-surgical stitches, next is wound care and pain
management, fabrication of thermoplastic splints, and then finally movement
exercise to improve range of motion.
Next, when your wound completely heals, the therapist prepares a customized
advanced rehab program that includes Scar management, grip strengthening and
stretching exercises, a pain healing program, desensitization, and regular
In this phase, the therapist focuses on building hand strength, as well as
restoring the range of motion after hand surgery. By performing simple hand
stretching exercises patients gradually regain their hand strength, and
flexibility. In these cases, your therapist provides you with how to do all
these exercises correctly
In this article, we’ll talk about a few post-operative hand therapies exercises
effective to regain your hand strength and range of motion as well.