After reconstructive hand surgery, patients undergo a supervised program of hand therapy and rehabilitation. Occupational therapy can assist traumatic Injuries such as:

  • Amputations of the fingers and hand
  • Flexor and extensor tendon injuries
  • Fractures and dislocations of the hand and wrist
  • Microsurgical replantation and revascularization
  • Peripheral nerve injuries of the upper extremity

To enhance your recovery and give you the fullest possible use of your hand, your surgeon may recommend a course of rehabilitation (occupational therapy) under the direction of a trained hand therapist. Your therapy may include hand exercises, heat and massage therapy, electrical nerve stimulation, splinting, traction, and special wrappings to control swelling. Keep in mind that surgery is just the foundation for recovery. It’s crucial that you follow the therapist’s instructions and complete the entire course of therapy if you want to regain the maximum use of your hand.