Sling

When will I go home?

What can I do?

What can’t I do?

2 weeks You will be discharged on the same day as the operation Rest in a splint/plaster No lifting

Acute phase (0-2 weeks)

Goals

  • Reduce pain

Rehabilitation

  • Rest in plaster/splint
  • Sling for comfort

Intermediate phase (2-6 weeks)

Goals

  • Control pain
  • Immobilise to gain union of fusion site

Rehabilitation

  • Change into splint
  • Mobilise shoulder and elbow joints

Late phase (>6 weeks)

Goals

  • Regain range of movement in wrist
  • Regain strength, proprioception and function

Rehabilitation

  • Remove splint
  • Mobilise wrist and hand
  • Increase loading of wrist in graduated fashion

Guidelines for return to functional activities

Driving

Lifting

Swimming

Golf

8 weeks 8 weeks 8 weeks 3 months

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