Quick Answer: What Exercises Can I Do After Wrist Surgery?

How long will my hand be swollen after wrist surgery?

You’ll notice swelling for the first week after surgery which is a normal response.

Reducing swelling will help speed up the recovery process while also minimizing your pain.

Elevation: Prop your arm up on a few pillows while you’re sitting or lying down..

Should I move my fingers with a broken wrist?

Keep your wrist higher than the level of your heart. This will help reduce swelling. Move your fingers often to reduce swelling and stiffness, but do not use that hand to grab or carry anything. Follow instructions for exercises to keep your arm strong.

How long does it take a broken wrist to heal after surgery?

This fixation is designed to be strong enough to allow you to move your wrist within the first few weeks of surgery. It will take about six weeks for your bone to heal and another six weeks for the bone to be almost as strong as it was before.

How long does stiffness last after wrist surgery?

Progress will be SLOW. A bad injury or major surgery will make your hand stiff. It usually takes about 6 months to really loosen up scar tissue. Do NOT expect your hand to be “normal” after a bad injury or major surgery.

Do you need physical therapy after broken wrist?

A physical therapist can help individuals who have sustained a wrist fracture regain normal wrist motion, strength, and function, and learn how to prevent future fractures.

How should you sleep after wrist surgery?

Your surgeon might teach you the “hand above elbow, elbow above heart” rule. When sleeping, it may help to use a large mound of pillows, either beside you or on your chest, to keep your hand and wrist in this elevated position.

What should I wear after wrist surgery?

What should I bring/wear the day of surgery? Please wear loose, comfortable clothing such as t-shirts, button down shirts, sweat pants/warm ups or baggy shorts that will fit over bandages or dressing following surgery. Please do not bring valuables or wear jewelry the day of surgery.

How do you straighten your fingers after wrist surgery?

To help your recovery, keep your fingers moving. Make sure you can make a fist with your fingers and completely straighten them. Make sure you can move your thumb across your hand towards your pinky finger and fully straighten it.

How long do you wear a brace after wrist surgery?

After the surgery, a splint will be placed for two weeks until your first follow-up visit. At that time, the splint will be removed and exchanged with a removable wrist splint. You will have to wear it for four weeks.

How painful is wrist surgery?

Occasionally, after surgery to repair a badly fractured distal radius, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) can occur. Be warned – initially the surgery is painful. We try to numb the affected area for about 24 hours after surgery, and then after that the patient will probably feel some discomfort for a few days.

How long after wrist surgery can I exercise?

You will begin these exercises approximately 4 weeks after surgery, once the doctor has examined your x- ray and cleared you for strengthening and passive stretching exercises. Using heat for 10-15 min before exercising, at least once per day, will help you regain more motion with less pain.

How many hours does wrist surgery take?

This typically takes between 12-36 hours. You will not feel pain and you will receive medicine that will make you forget the majority of the surgical procedure.