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when should a person consider physical therapy after her hand surgery?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bauback Safa
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Stiffness, pain, etc: Post-operative hand therapy is a very helpful adjunct to surgery. Hand therapists can address stiffness, sensory re-education, desensitization, strength training, wound care and many more post-operative issues. Your hand surgeon would typically decide if you are a good candidate for hand therapy.
Dr. Michael Raemisch
Hand Surgery 24 years experience
Stiffness or scar: Stiffness or hard painful scars are good reasons to have therapy.
Dr. William Vitello
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Early post op: Generally , therapy is started early on in the recovery process. Less than 2 weeks. However, the therapy is usually done by an occupational therapist.

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