If you’ve recently undergone Dupuytrens release surgery, it’s crucial to prioritize post-operative care for optimal recovery. My name is Hoang Tran, I’m an occupational therapist, and I’ll guide you through some key exercises and considerations post-surgery.
Dupuytrens release one of the most important things to do is go to your hand therapist go find an occupational therapist or certified hand therapist in your local area because you kind you’re going to need what is called a custom fitted splint or orthosis and you want to make sure that it’s done so it’s placing your knuckles in as straight position as possible
Exercise After Dupuytrens Release
After undergoing Dupuytrens release surgery, it is crucial to embark on a targeted exercise regimen to optimize recovery. A certified hand therapist recommends specific exercises tailored to the individual’s condition. Key exercises often involve stretching and mobilizing the affected fingers and knuckles. For instance, gentle knuckle stretches, finger opening exercises using a pen, and targeted movements to address any contractures in the middle knuckle can be beneficial.
I’ll walk you through some essential post-surgery exercises:
1. Custom Splint for Precision
After surgery, seek out an occupational therapist or certified hand therapist promptly. A custom-fitted splint, specially designed to maintain your knuckles in a straight position, is vital. While you may not need to wear it all the time, using it, especially at night, aids in stretching and moving your fingers effectively.
2. Wound Care and Early Movement
Celebrate the second step: ensure your wounds remain clean and dry for effective healing. Fortunately, Dupuytren disease doesn’t involve broken or torn structures; it’s about problematic cords. Early movement is encouraged – start gentle exercises as early as day two or three post-surgery.
3. Targeted Exercises for Big Knuckles
Exercise 1: Knuckle Stretch
Focus on pulling the affected knuckle back, holding for 10 seconds. Extend this to adjacent fingers for comprehensive benefits.
Exercise 2: Pen Test for Flexibility
Use a pen to aid in finger-opening exercises. This helps in combating the constant tightness resulting from Dupuytren.
4. Addressing Middle Knuckle Contracture
For those with middle knuckle contracture, adapt the knuckle stretch exercise. Using a pen, isolate the movement and encourage straightening.
5. Scar Management with Hook Fist Exercise
To prevent scarring issues, practice the hook fist exercise. Hold your big knuckles straight while curling the little knuckles down. This motion facilitates tendon gliding, preventing stiffness in the scar area.
6. Consistency is Key
Stiffness is common after surgery, but regular exercises combat it. Work closely with your therapist, ensuring your main and adjacent fingers are exercised for the best results.
7. Collaborate with a Trusted Therapist
Dupuytren’s varies, and a trusted occupational therapist or certified hand therapist is invaluable. They tailor exercises to your unique situation, ensuring you recover effectively without unnecessary complications.
Whether you’ve undergone Dupuytren’s release surgery or are planning to, these exercises have been the cornerstone of my clients’ successful recoveries. Remember, finding a reliable therapist is key to navigating your post-surgery journey smoothly.
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I’m Hoang Tran, a Miami-certified hand therapist, the proud owner of Hands-on Therapy Services, and the author of the book “The Hands-On Approach”. I am passionate about helping individuals with hand, neck, and shoulder problems, understanding how debilitating they can become if not addressed and treated properly (once and for all!).
In my occupational therapy practice, our mission is to restore patients to full functionality, steering clear of pills, injections, or surgery. Hands-on therapy provides both Occupational and Physical Therapy, delivered by our seasoned therapists who adopt a comprehensive approach to your care.
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