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All joints not in plaster need to be kept moving to prevent stiffness and swelling. The following exercises should be done 10 times each, at least 6 times a day.
Fingers and Thumb
Bend and straighten each individual finger / thumb joint as illustrated.
Make sure you bend and straighten as far as you can in each direction.
Bend and straighten all the fingers within the limits of the plaster.
Bend and straighten your elbow as far as you can in each direction – try and push a bit further each time.
Bring your hand up to touch the back of your neck (or as near to it as you can get).
Then move your elbow backwards as far as you can go, going a bit further each time.
Start with your arm at your side, keeping the elbow straight, bring out to the side and lift above your head.
Start with your arm at your side, keeping elbow straight. Bring out to the side and lift up level with your shoulder.
From this position bring your arm forward as far as you can and backwards as far as you can.
Start with your arm in position A – the arm should be held against your side to prevent the shoulder moving.
Move your arm across your body and then out to the side as in position B and C – keep your elbow tight into your side at all times.
If you have any queries about these exercises or your treatment in the Hand Therapy Unit do not hesitate in contacting the unit on (01908) 995411 or speak to your Hand Therapist at your next appointment.