There are various methods performed depending on the location and severity of fracture. These methods include:
- External Fixation – here pins are placed through the skin and fixated with rods either side of the skin.
- Internal Fixation – here pins, screws and/or wires are attached internally on to the bone.
- Closed Reduction – the bones are re-aligned without surgery and placed in a cast or split to promote healing.
- Open Reduction – the bones are exposed and realigned through surgery.
Symptoms after Hand Fixation Surgery
Following hand fixation surgery it is normal for you to experience certain symptoms which are characteristic of this surgery. These include:
- Reduced Range of movement and strength
Physiotherapy after Hand Fixation Surgery
Following hand fixation surgery, Physio.co.uk can immediately compile a thorough assessment of your hand and develop a personal rehabilitation programme specific to your needs. Rehabilitation will focus not only on restoration of movement and strength but on activities needed to return to active work, hobbies and sports. Treatment will begin following your surgery with full recovery seen in approximately 16 weeks.
Initial treatment will centre on minimising post-operative complication, reducing pain and swelling, maintaining fracture stability and encouragement of early movement. Through focussing on these areas Physio.co.uk will help promote healing capability and provide a foundation for the restoration of a fully functioning hand. Treatment will consist of:
- Pain management
- Electrotherapy modalities
- Controlled passive movements
- Wound monitoring
- Active movements of entire upper limb to prevent stiffness, loss of movement and strength
Physio.co.uk will focus on a progression of exercises to help improve movement and strength and restore functional movement of your hand. Your pins and wires will have been removed allowing Physio.co.uk to intensify sessions to ensure restoration of function. Treatment will include:
- Continuation of passive movements to full range of motion
- Progression to active movements of hand, wrist and fingers to reach full range
- Begin strengthening exercises
- Soft tissue mobilisation
- Splint adjustment
- Wound and scar management
During the latter stages of your rehabilitation, Physio.co.uk will intensify your treatment with the ultimate goal of regaining full function and strength of your injured hand. Splint use will have stopped with attention paid to restoration of previous functional activities and a return to social and sporting activities. Treatment will include:
- Full active and passive range of motion
- Progressive strengthening programme
- Isolated strengthening of fracture
- Functional activity exercises
- Soft tissue mobilisation
- Hand dexterity
- Advice and long term management
Physio.co.uk will then provide you with the necessary knowledge and exercises needed to maximise recovery and prevent any future complications.
Fixation of the hand is a common surgical procedure performed on fractures of the fingers and thumb. Hand fractures are common injuries that may significantly affect hand function if not managed properly. With severe cases it will be necessary to undergo a surgical operation to re-align the broken bones. Following this it is essential to undergo a comprehensive rehabilitation programme. Physio.co.uk will develop a specific treatment programme designed around your needs to maximise rehab potential to help restore full functional use of your hand. Call Physio.co.uk now on 0330 088 7800 for more information or to book an appointment please contact us.