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Why Is Physical Therapy So Important After Hand Surgery?

Hand Surgery Morristown. NJ“Doctor’s orders” is a phrase that everyone is a little too familiar with, but just because Dr. Weinstein tells you to do so something, should you do it? If you have to undergo hand surgery from Dr. Larry Weinstein, he may recommend that you go to physical therapy as part of your recovery plan. So, why is rehabilitation so important and why should you take Dr. Weinstein’s word for it? Let’s take a closer look.

Get Back What You Started With

Your hand is composed of so many intricate nerves, tendons, bones, and muscles that it makes hand surgery very complex. As such, physical therapy can help your hand gain back the functionality, range of motion, and movement that you need to get the most out of your surgical results. Basically, physical therapy can help you get back what you started with before you were injured.

Take Some Techniques Home

One of the biggest reasons that you should go to physical therapy after hand surgery is to learn how to do certain hand exercises and techniques at home. Once your physical therapist teaches you a new hand exercise or stretch, it’s your responsibility to practice it every day at home in order to get the best results possible.

It Speeds Up Recovery

A speedy recovery is what everyone hopes for after hand surgery. One of the best ways to make sure your recovery goes as quickly and smoothly as possible is to go to physical therapy as often as recommended.

If Dr. Weinstein encourages you to go to physical therapy as part of your recovery, it’s in your best interest to do so. To learn more about hand surgery in general or to schedule a consultation, contact our Chester office today and call us at 908-879-2222.

3 Desk Exercises to Try for Hand Pain

Hand Surgery Chester, New JerseyWhether you have arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, hand pain can make everyday tasks like typing, writing, or even opening and close a door to become painful. To help you ease that pain, we encourage our patients to try some hand exercises. By strengthening the joints in hand and taking pressure off of your tendons, hand exercises can give you almost instant relief— plus you can do them from the comfort of your desk at work. Read on to learn more about three exercises you can try on your own.

Stress Ball

They may have handed them out at your last work conference, and you threw it away thinking you’d never use it again, but stress balls do serve a purpose (other than swag). Using either a stress ball or a small, soft ball, wrap your fingers around it and make a fist. Then, slowly pulse the ball using the muscles in your hand. You may notice that your hand is sore at first but after a few days of repeating this exercise, you should find some relief.

Wrist Roll

You may not realize it, but a lot of the tension in your hands may be coming from your wrists. To help ease the tension in your wrists, rotate them from side-to-side and then in a complete circular motion— this will help loosen up stiff joints and break up any lactic acid in the process.

Finger Pulls

Taking one hand, grab the fingers on your other hand and gently pull them back toward your wrist. If you feel a lot of pain or tension when you do this exercise, try to ease a little deeper into it every time.

Repeating these exercises a few times a day, every day can help give you a lot of relief from hand pain or joint discomfort. If you would like to learn more about hand pain or surgery, contact Dr. Larry Weinstein today to schedule an appointment!

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