Sling

When will I go home?

What can I do?

What can’t I do?

None You will be discharged on the same day as the operation Rest for 3 days No lifting

Acute phase (0-2 weeks)

Goals

  • Reduce pain

Rehabilitation

  • Rest in bandaging for 3 days
  • Remove bulky bandage at 3 days and gentle movement of hand

Intermediate phase (2-6 weeks)

Goals

  • Control pain
  • Regain range of movement

Rehabilitation

  • Mobilise wrist and hand as tolerated
  • Desensitisation program
  • Median nerve gliding exercises

Late phase (>6 weeks)

Goals

  • Restore hand function
  • Regain strength, proprioception and function

Rehabilitation

  • Regain full function with range of movement and loading
  • Resistance and hand gripping exercises

Guidelines for return to functional activities

Driving

Lifting

Swimming

Golf

2 weeks 6 weeks 2 weeks 6 weeks

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