Whether it is because of carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, a sports injury, or a fracture caused when you were catching a fall, if you must have wrist surgery, you want to recover as quickly as possible. Think about all the ways you use your hands and wrists in daily life: typing, writing, cooking, putting on clothing, brushing your teeth, etc.
Immobilizing your wrist for several weeks will certainly have an impact on your life. If you can shave some time off your recovery period, why wouldn't you?
4 Tips for Wrist Surgery Recovery
Follow these tips to accelerate healing and speed up your post-operative wrist surgery recuperation:
Be one step ahead - If your surgery is planned, work with your doctor or physical therapist to learn exercises to help stretch and strengthen the muscles in your hand, wrist, and lower arm. The more healthy these tissues are when you go into surgery, the more quickly they will heal afterwards.
Keep up the good work - Many of the hand and wrist exercises that you do before surgery will also be recommended during the recovery process. Physical therapy is an important part of regaining normal range of motion in your joints, so make it a top priority.
Be patient - No amount of preparation or physical therapy can make the recovery process disappear completely. Although you can help accelerate healing, there is still a period of time where your tissues are simply not ready to function as normal. As frustrating as this might be, stick to the plan your physical therapist prescribes and you will be back in action before you know it.
Use cold and compression - Any type of surgery comes with a certain amount of pain or discomfort. This is largely related to the natural inflammatory response that your body goes through after any tissue trauma. You are likely to experience some swelling, excess fluid build-up, pain, and other symptoms of inflammation. Your doctor might prescribe medication for the pain immediately following surgery, but you can reduce or eliminate it by using active compression and cold therapy. In addition to making you more comfortable, cold and compression can also help damaged tissues heal faster, allowing you to recover from wrist surgery more quickly.
The Game Ready active cold and compression therapy system is easy to use, safe, and proven to speed up the healing process after surgery. Specially designed wrist wraps are adjustable, so they conform to the contours of your body and allow you and your physical therapist to control the temperature and pressure. Find a provider near you today to get started.