To enhance your recovery and give you the fullest possible use of your hand, your surgeon may recommend a course of rehabilitation under the direction of a trained hand therapist. Dr Vrtik works in conjunction with your hand therapists to engage you in the best route to recovery from your surgery. A referral to the hand therapist is often discussed with you prior to your surgery and enclosed in your postoperative brochure if required.
Hand therapists can also provide dressing changes, or removal of sutures as required. They work very closely with Dr Vrtik to ensure that your postoperative care is coordinated and safe. Hand therapists are specially trained occupational therapists or physiotherapists. They are very experienced in the rehabilitation of various hand conditions and surgeries.
Since the hand is a very sensitive part of the body, you may have mild to severe pain following surgery. Your surgeon can prescribe injections or oral medication to make you more comfortable. How long your hand must remain immobilized and how quickly you resume your normal activities depends on the type and extent of surgery and on how fast you heal.
Your therapy may include hand exercises, heat and massage therapy, electrical nerve stimulation, splinting, traction, and special wrappings to control swelling. Keep in mind that surgery is just the foundation for recovery. It's crucial that you follow the therapist's instructions and complete the entire course of therapy if you want to regain the maximum use of your hand.
Dr Vrtik recommends and work closely with the following hand therapy services:
EKCO Occupational Services: www.ekco.com.au
Extend Rehabilitation: www.extendrehab.com.au
Hands On: all appointments 3843 6605
Hand Therapy Clinics: all appointments 3800 7553 or 0414 564 537