Wrist and Hand Rehabilitation Protocols

This subsection of our website contains rehabilitation programs or protocols designed for patients recovering from wrist or hand surgery. 

Click on your rehabilitation protocol to download a PDF file containing specific exercises and instructions for each phase of your recovery.  Please share these protocols with your physical or occupational therapist.  If you are uncertain which protocol you should be following, then please call our office for clarification.

 



 
Protocol W1
Physical or Occupational Therapy Protocol for
Wrist Arthroscopic Partial Synovectomy or
Wrist Arthroscopic Triangular Fibrocartilage (TFC) Tear Debridement or
Wrist Arthroscopic Wafer Shortening of the Distal Ulna
  • Phase I – Protection Phase (weeks 0-2)
  • Phase II – Motion Phase (weeks 3-6)



 
Protocol W2
Physical or Occupational Therapy Protocol for
Wrist Arthroscopic or Open Triangular Fibrocartilage (TFC) Repair or
Wrist Arthroscopic Thermal Stabilization of Distal Ulna or
Open Stabilization of Distal Ulna w/Tendon Graft
  • Phase I – Protection Phase (weeks 0-6)
  • Phase II – Motion Phase (weeks 7-12)
  • Phase III – Strengthening Phase (weeks 13-26)



 
Protocol W3
Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy Protocol for
Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of Distal Radius Fracture
  • Phase I – Protection Phase (weeks 0-6)
  • Phase II – Motion Phase (weeks 7-12)
  • Phase III – Strengthening Phase (weeks 13-26)



 
Protocol W4
Physical or Occupational Therapy Protocol for
Trapeziectomy and Suspension-Interposition Arthroplasty w/Tendon Autograft
  • Phase I – Protection Phase (weeks 0-6)
  • Phase II – Motion Phase (weeks 7-12)



 
Protocol W5
Physical or Occupational Therapy Protocol for
Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Phase I – Protection Phase (weeks 0-2)
  • Phase II – Motion Phase (weeks 3-6)
  • Phase III – Strengthening Phase (weeks 7-12)

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