What can be done for ligament injuries of the wrist?
The first challenge in treating a ligament injury of the wrist is recognizing that it exists. Many patients fall and injure their wrist and assume they have a sprain. They treat the sprain with rest for a few weeks, and then resume their activities. Many ligament injuries go unrecognized until much later when they cause problems.
The treatment of a ligament injury depends on whether it is an acute injury (just happened within weeks) or a chronic injury (something that happened months ago).
A wrist injury that causes a partial injury to a ligament, a true wrist sprain, may simply be treated with a cast or splint for three to six weeks to allow the ligament to heal.
After wearing a splint or cast for three to six weeks, you may begin your Physical Therapy program at Vermont Sports Medicine Center to help you regain wrist range of motion, strength, and function.
If you have surgery, your hand and wrist will be bandaged with a well-padded dressing and a splint for support. Although time required for recovery varies, you may need to attend your Physical Therapy sessions for up to three months after surgery.
Our first few treatment Physical Therapy sessions focus on controlling the pain and swelling after surgery. Then our Physical Therapist will have you begin to do exercises that will help strengthen and stabilize the muscles around the wrist joint. We may also use other exercises to improve the fine motor control and dexterity of the hand. Our Physical Therapist will suggest ways to do activities without straining the wrist joint.
At Vermont Sports Medicine Center, our goal is to help you keep your pain under control, improve strength, and to regain fine motor abilities with your wrist and hand. When your recovery is well under way, regular visits to our office will end. Although we will continue to be a resource, you'll be in charge of doing your exercises as part of an ongoing home program.
Vermont Sports Medicine Center provides services for Physical Therapy in Vermont.