After tendon repairs, physical therapy and custom splinting can enhance tendon healing and strength, as well as other significant benefits. At Precision Rehab Occupational Physical & Hand Therapy, in the Fresh Meadows area of Queens, New York City, and Little Neck, New York, the team of experts guides recovery after flexor and extensor tendon repairs. Call the office nearest you or schedule a consultation online today.
Tendon repair is a surgical procedure that restores a torn or otherwise damaged tendon. There are many different tendons in the human body, but two of the most commonly injured are those in your hands and arms.
A flexor tendon repair restores the palm-side tendons that bend your fingers.
Extensor tendon repair restores the tendons in the top of your hand, which straightens your fingers.
The hand therapy specialists at Precision Rehab Occupational Physical & Hand Therapy offer customized rehab plans following flexor and extensor tendon repairs.
After any tendon repair procedure, rehabilitation is crucial in your recovery. The surgery restores your tendon to a usable state, while the rehabilitation helps you use your tendon safely and without risk of reinjury.
If you don't undergo rehabilitation after a tendon repair procedure, you may have a harder time returning to normal finger function, and your fingers may also swell or grow stiff.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, splinting and hand therapy are just as vital as tendon repair surgery when it comes to your recovery.
The Precision Rehab Occupational Physical & Hand Therapy team creates individualized hand therapy programs for every person. In most cases, custom splinting is a major part of your recovery.
A custom splint is a lightweight device that the team can adjust to your specific needs after surgery. It allows for normal finger movement while protecting your healing hand tendons.
You'll typically do a series of specific exercises to strengthen your tendons and improve their function during your rehab sessions.
In some cases, you might have more than one tendon repair protocol, in which case the therapy team can adjust your custom splint during your session as needed.
Hand therapy and custom splinting can:
Overall, hand therapy and custom splinting after tendon repairs can help you recover faster and improve your function.
Call the Precision Rehab Occupational Physical & Hand Therapy office nearest you, or schedule your appointment online today.