Physical Therapy Exercises for Hand Trigger Finger Surgery - Restoring Mobility and Functionality

Fitbeast, a leading provider of physical therapy services, is pleased to share essential information on physical therapy exercises designed to aid in the recovery of patients who have undergone hand trigger finger surgery. With a commitment to enhancing patient outcomes and maximizing healing potential, Fitbeast offers a specialized rehabilitation program tailored to address common challenges faced after trigger finger surgery.
Physical Therapy Exercises for Hand Trigger Finger Surgery - Restoring Mobility and Functionality
Trigger finger, medically known as stenosing tenosynovitis, is a condition that affects the fingers' flexor tendons, causing pain, stiffness, and the finger to "catch" or "lock" in a bent position. While non-surgical treatments are often recommended initially, surgery becomes necessary when symptoms persist or worsen. Hand trigger finger surgery involves releasing the constriction in the affected finger's tendon sheath, allowing it to glide more smoothly.

Physical therapy is a crucial component of post-operative recovery as it aims to reduce pain, restore mobility, and improve overall hand function. Fitbeast offers a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to rehabilitate patients, ensuring optimal healing and a quicker return to regular activities.

To aid recovery, a licensed physical therapist at Fitbeast will create an individualized treatment plan based on the patient's specific needs.

This plan will include a series of targeted exercises, which may vary depending on the patient's condition, overall strength, and progress in the recovery process. The following exercises are commonly recommended:

1. Range of motion exercises: Gentle movements are performed to restore the finger's full range of motion. By flexing and extending the fingers and thumb, patients can gradually regain flexibility and reduce stiffness. These exercises can be complemented with the use of heat or cold therapy to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and enhance blood flow.

2. Finger and thumb opposition exercises: These exercises focus on enhancing coordination and strength by strengthening the hand's intrinsic muscles. Patients are instructed to touch each finger to the thumb one by one, ensuring a controlled and deliberate movement.

3. Grip strengthening exercises: To aid in rebuilding strength, various grip strengthening exercises are employed. This may include squeezing a stress ball, using therapy putty, or performing finger-pinching exercises. These activities aim to restore grip strength, improve dexterity, and regain the ability to perform daily functional tasks.

4. Tendon gliding exercises: Designed to improve tendon mobility and reduce the risk of adhesions, these exercises involve gently gliding the flexor tendons through their sheath. By systematically moving each finger and thumb individually, patients can alleviate pain, prevent stiffness, and promote optimal healing.

5. Scar tissue management: In some cases, scar tissue may develop following trigger finger surgery. Physical therapists at Fitbeast educate patients on gentle massage techniques to help soften and reduce scar tissue formation, enhancing hand movement and function.

It is essential to note that patients should only engage in these exercises under the guidance and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The therapist will monitor progress, make adjustments to the treatment plan when necessary, and ensure the exercises are performed correctly to avoid any potential complications.

At Fitbeast, the well-being and successful recovery of patients are at the forefront of our practice. Our experienced physical therapists provide specialized care, utilizing advanced modalities and therapeutic techniques to expedite recovery and improve mobility following hand trigger finger surgery.

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September 27, 2023

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