Breaking your wrist is no small matter, as we use both wrists for a variety of physical activities. Losing the use of one for several weeks or months following surgery can be difficult to manage, so you don’t want to delay recovery. Take the steps below to facilitate post-surgery recovery so that you can start using your healed wrist soon.
Consult An Orthopedic Hand Specialist
After having wrist surgery, it is important to follow up with an orthopedic hand specialist. This medical professional is the most relevant type of doctor to guide your recovery process. Keep all your scheduled appointments and get the recommended tests and treatments, such as X-rays, a cast, and physical therapy if prescribed. If you stop seeing the specialist, your recovery may be delayed or may not progress as it should.
Follow The Doctor’s Orders
After being prescribed various treatments for post-surgery wrist recovery, do as the doctor advises. This may include instructions like not getting the cast wet or peeling away dry skin around the healing wrist or being prescribed certain medications for pain or muscle tension. Although you may feel some of the tests or treatments are not needed, discuss with the doctor anything that you do not want to have done. Ignoring the doctor’s advice may slow the healing process.
Don’t Use The Injured Wrist
As your wrist begins to feel better following surgery, casting, and therapy, you might be tempted to remove the cast or use your hand more than instructed. Taking shortcuts of this type will not restore normal function of your wrist any sooner. In fact, it may hinder your recovery from wrist surgery. Adjust the way you do things like combing your hair or brushing your teeth to avoid or to minimize using the recovering wrist.
Complete Recovery Therapy As Prescribed
If you have been ordered to physical therapy to regain full use of your wrist following surgery, don’t hesitate to set up appointments. These may run two or three visits per week, and you may not want to devote that much of your schedule to therapy. But failure to comply with the orthopedic doctor’s recommendations may keep your surgically-repaired wrist unusable for an extended period of time. Follow through with other therapies that may be prescribed in order to get your wrist back to normal as soon as possible.
Everyone wants to use both wrists fully and freely. Take your post-surgical recovery seriously so that you can soon enjoy the use of your recovered wrist as before.
Anica Oaks is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor related. You can connect with Anica on Twitter @AnicaOaks.
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