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Doctor insights on: Do I Need Hand Therapy If I Have Surgery

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Do I need hand therapy if I have surgery?

Do I need hand therapy if I have surgery?

Depends: This may depend on what kind of surgery you have and how stiff your fingers and wrist are. Oftentimes, you will be given a set of exercises by your surgeon, which may be enough. However, if you are not making progress, or are having a lot of pain or swelling, your surgeon may have you see a hand therapist. ...Read more

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Does hand therapy actually work?

Does hand therapy actually work?

Yes and no: It depends entirely on what you are doing the therapy for. There are some conditions that don't respond at all to therapy over the long term, such as hand arthritis. Many other problems of the hand and wrist require therapy. ...Read more

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Broke 4th metacarpai.. 4 weeks in cast. Started hand therapy but joints in finger/ hand are swollen 2 1/2 weeks later. Is something wrong?

Broke 4th metacarpai..  4 weeks in cast. Started hand therapy but joints in finger/ hand are swollen  2 1/2 weeks later.  Is something wrong?

Probably not: The healing may not return to exact shape. If your treating specialist sees no problem and joint function is stable you may be okay ...Read more

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I fell on my hand last February, and was diagnosed with scaphoid bone bruise. X-ray was inconclusive. I had hand therapy and improved somewhat, but am having worsening pain at the base of my thumb on the palmar side (not the snuff box). It is a deep ache,

I fell on my hand last February, and was diagnosed with scaphoid bone bruise. X-ray was inconclusive. I had hand therapy and improved somewhat, but am having worsening pain at the base of my thumb on the palmar side (not the snuff box). It is a deep ache,

Repeat x-ray: I would recommend reevaluation with another x-ray -- this late type of pain after a remote injury can indicate damage to articular cartilage in the wrist in a number of different areas like the articulation between the the thumb metacarpal bone and another wrist bone called the trapezium -- repeat evaluation by an orthopedist specializing in hand is indicated ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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In January of 2014, I had got a spiral fracture in and palm. I had got surgery for it with plates to connect it for about 6 months. Although after I had got them removed I had only one session of therapy, making my pinkie not able to bend properly or havi

In January of 2014, I had got a spiral fracture in and palm. I had got surgery for it with plates to connect it for about 6 months. Although after I had got them removed I had only one session of therapy, making my pinkie not able to bend properly or havi

Varies: Your question cut off due to its length. If you are saying you have a contracture of your finger related to an injury and surgeries, initial treatment would involve a full course of therapy and dynamic splinting, if that was not successful then a surgical lysis of adhesions would usually be indicated. Discuss your specific case with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have been refered to a hand surgent for scapolunate ligament damage. Gap widening.What types of treatment is used for this injury or is it surgery?

I have been refered to a hand surgent for scapolunate ligament damage. Gap widening.What types of treatment is used for this injury or is it surgery?

Usually surgery: This is usually a surgically treated problem with multiple options of care depending on the extent of injury, time frame of diagnosis to date of injury, and symptomatology. Surgical options range from soft tissue reconstruction to partial fusion or per-cutaneous pinning. Diagnostic studies include mri, arthrogram and arthroscopy. You need to follow through with the hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Is tendon transfer surgery only for hands? Can a tendon transfer be performed on feet as well or is it just a treatment that can currently be performed on hands? .

Is tendon transfer surgery only for hands? Can a tendon transfer be performed on feet as well or is it just a treatment that can currently be performed on hands?

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Tendon : Tendon transfers are well described for treating muscular imbalances in the foot and ankle. They are not only for the hands and upper extremities. An orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon can evaluate you and determine whether the condition you have is appropriate for such a procedure. ...Read more

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Is it a better choice for surgery instead of other treatment if my spinal herniated disc become numbness of both hand and weakness'?

Is it a better choice for surgery instead of other treatment if my spinal herniated disc become numbness of both hand and weakness'?

SORT THIS OUT: Surgical indications involve risk to spinal cord, progressive weakness with/without atrophy, unstable spine. If you have bilateral hand symptoms, not necessarily from herniated disc, and could be due to peripheral nerve problem such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Need to consider if disk is truly the culprit. Might get EMG to objectify situation. ...Read more

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Have chronic thrombosis of radial artery. Having pain in hand. What is the method of treatment. Is surgery risky. What pain medication r given.

Have chronic thrombosis of radial artery. Having pain in hand.  What is the method of treatment.  Is surgery risky. What pain medication r given.

Consult hand surgeon: Chronic thrombosis of the radial artery should be treated if there is inadequate blood supply to the hand. The most important question is: is the ulnar artery supplying adequate circulation to all the fingers and thumb. Treatment options depend on the answer to this question. ...Read more

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