Occupational Therapy Exercises After Finger Fracture
Occupational therapy involves helping individuals perform recreational, work-related or everyday activities effectively while dealing with a disability or injury, such as a fractured finger. Fractures need to be healed enough to allow movement. Exercises concentrate on restoring finger dexterity and strength in order to remain independent and function as well as possible, according to MD Guidelines. Consult with your doctor first since not all exercises may be for you.
Retrain Gripping Muscles
Loss of grip normally results after a finger fracture. Gripping plays a key role in performing everyday activities, such as writing, grooming, picking up items and firmly grasping items. Occupational therapy exercises after a finger fracture need to concentrate on restoring gripping capabilities. Work on improving your grip by sitting upright in a firm chair. Place a rolled-up towel into your injured hand. Squeeze the towel as tightly as possible. Hold this tension for 10 seconds. Release the tension and relax for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 15 times.
Strengthen With Isos
Occupational therapy exercises after a finger fracture need to concentrate on restoring strength to your fingers in order to improve overall hand functioning. Strong fingers improve your capability of lifting items, dressing yourself and turning knobs throughout the day. Work on your finger strength by placing both hands in front of your body. Turn your right palm upward and your left palm downward. Gently place the top of your left fingers over the top knuckles of your right fingers, according to the online physical therapy website at Hep2go. Apply pressure by trying to separate your fingers. Hold this pressure for 10 seconds. Release the pressure and relax for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times.
Involve Thumb Stretching
Preserving thumb functioning plays a key role in properly recuperating from any finger fracture, according to MD Guidelines. This is especially true if your fractured finger affects your dominant hand. Start improving your thumb's flexibility by doing some gentle finger stretches. Sit upright in a firm chair. Lift your injured arm and place the hand in front of you, bending your elbow to a 90-degree angle. Place your healthy-side index and second finger onto your injured-side thumb. Gently stretch your injured thumb away from your hand. Hold this stretch for 10 seconds. Slowly return to the original position. Relax for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times.
Improve Gripping Capabilities
Occupational therapy exercises after a finger fracture need to concentrate on improving your pinching function in order to restore your ability to pick up small items such as paper clips, coins, rubber bands and/or envelopes. Start using a springed clothes pin or chip clip as an exercise tool to do a thumb abduction maneuver, notes Hep2go. Place the clothes pin between your thumb and index finger of your injured hand. Slowly press the pin together, making the spring work. Hold this tension for 10 seconds. Slowly release the tension and relax for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times.
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