Hand or Finger Injury? Incorporate FingerWeights on Your Road to Recovery
Most people view Hand Injuries as relatively minor. However, if left untreated, those “minor” injuries can result in the loss of function, and/or mobility in the fingers and hands. Along with a recommended rehabilitation program, incorporating FingerWeights into your daily regimen, will help increase the likelihood of a return to 100% function and mobility. Ms. Yang Zixian, Principal Occupational Therapist, Department of Occupational Therapy at Singapore Hospital states that, “Common causes of trauma injuries include falls, cuts from knives or glass as well as workplace injuries. A repetitive stress injury is usually associated with overuse of the hand over a prolonged period of time…
Different Kinds of Hand Injury:
Although there are many different “types” of hand injuries, often times they will share the same symptoms, such as pain, loss of mobility, bruising and/or swelling. Some of those hand injuries include, but aren’t limited to…
- Factures (Whether repetitive, or due to Sports / Rigorous Movement)
- Tendon & Nerve Injuries
- Sprains (Whether repetitive, or due to Sports / Rigorous Movement)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Symptoms)
- Arthritis (Symptoms)
Regardless of how the hand or finger injury occurs, either through playing sports, repetitive motion (Gaming, Typing), or a different activity all together, a painful hand injury requires treatment as quickly as possible to help prevent long-term effects and damage.
Rehabilitation of the Fingers & Hands is the Road to Recovery:
Once the fingers and hands have had a chance to be treated either with the use of a splint, brace, cast or surgery, there is usually an extended period of time dedicated to therapy and rehabilitation. Often times this will be with the help of an Occupational Therapist, which is recommended but not required. Overall, rehabbing the hand and fingers is designed to help regain range of motion, prevent stiffness in the joints and tendons and strengthen the muscles. Some of the Procedures used in this environment would be…
- Mobilization Exercises
- Rotation of Fingers with FingerWeights on some, or all, of the fingers.
- Strengthening Exercises
- FingerWeights can be used in conjunction with the strengthening activity already in place
- Heat Treatment
- This is designed to help the fingers recover after rehab has completed
“Rehabilitation is key to recovery after a hand injury. It empowers you to be self-sufficient and return to optimal functioning in your daily life,” says Ms. Yang.