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      Post Procedure Hand and Wrist Protocol

      POST PROCEDURE PROTOCOL FOR HAND & WRIST PROCEDURES

      • No NSAIDS such as Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, Naprosyn, and Aleve x 2 weeks.

      • Pain: Tylenol for mild pain and if needed use mild narcotics provided.

      • Bracing: If recommended, use braces during sleep the first 2 nights if able. Sleep is more important so if you cannot sleep and use the brace, feel free to remove it.

      • Driving restrictions: No driving until you can safely shift and steer the vehicle.

      • Work restrictions: Depends on duration of lifting restrictions.

      • Exercise restrictions: 2 weeks relative rest then 4 weeks progressive PT.

      • Use wrist/thumb spica brace for _____ days
      • You can do gentle wrist/hand/finger range of motion exercises after 2 days
      • f/u for OT / PT in 5-7 days

      ‚ÄčActivities: In general, with strength and activities, keep pain level below 4/10.

       First 2 Weeks:

      • Strengthening/Motion: Isometrics are good for muscles and pain control.  Very gentle flexion/extension exercises are good. PT will help with range of motion.

      • Walking: No restrictions.

      • Cycling: May do a gentle ride on a stationary bike for 10-15 minutes, then 30 minutes after week 1.

      • Swimming: No swimming for the first 2 weeks.

      • Throwing/rock climbing/tennis: None of these the first 2 weeks.

      Weeks 2-4:

      • Strengthening/Motion: Start gentle low load concentric/eccentric exercises with PT.  Work on progressive strengthening while keeping pain below 4/10.

      • Cycling: No restrictions except to stay on an exercise bike for 2 weeks.

      • Swimming: May begin gentle swimming (<=50% of usual distance and intensity) at 2 weeks. Keep pain below 4/10.

      • Throwing/rock climbing: No throwing or rock climbing until after 4 weeks.  Do strengthening in anticipation of these activities if desired.

       Weeks 4-6:

      • Strengthening/Motion: Progress to moderate loading and progressive strengthening of the wrist flexor/extensor muscles.

      • Cycling: May do road biking and trail biking; avoid mtn biking until 6 weeks.

      • Swimming: May increase distance and time to 75% of normal. Use a buoy for rest.

      • Throwing/rock climbing/tennis: Can begin gentle climbing and return to the throwing/tennis program at 4 weeks.

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