Rehabilitation is vital after any major surgery involving bone and muscle repair. The same goes for anyone undergoing carpal tunnel surgery. After the surgery, the hand will be weak and may feel different and new. It takes proper rehabilitation to get the hand back into shape. The key to rehabilitation, like any other muscle or bone injury, is through correct and constant exercise. Through these exercises, the hand will learn to move the way it used to. The exercises will make each muscle in the hand stronger as well. If you are in this situation and need to rehabilitate your hand, then here are some exercises that you can do on a regular basis until your hand is strong enough for normal movement.
Open and close exercises. One of the most basic rehabilitation exercises after carpal tunnel surgery is the open and close exercise. Basically, it will entail opening and closing the hand for a number of repetitions. Close and ball your hand into a fist. Hold the position for a few seconds and then slowly open it. Make sure your fingers are stretched out as you reach the apex. Make sure the thumb is pointing in the same direction as the other fingers. Hold the open position for a few seconds and then close the hand to form a fist again. Repeat the same process for 10 to 15 cycles and then rest your hand. Do around three sets a day and increase the repetition as you feel your hand getting stronger.
Thumb to finger exercises. After surgery, your hand rehabilitation exercises should focus on finger and thumb dexterity and strength development. You can execute this by open your hands with your fingers stretched upward. Slowly make your thumb meet your pinky finger. Once the two digits touch, apply some pressure from the thumb to your pinky finger and vice versa. Maintain the pressure for 5-10 seconds. Increase the length of pressure application as you get stronger. Repeat the same process for all the other fingers with the thumb as your constant partner.
Finger dexterity exercises. As you progress with the above exercises, your hand will get stronger and more nimble. Augment the dexterity development by exercising your fingers. If you have a piano or electronic keyboard, you can use this to develop your finger’s strength and nimbleness. Press each key in a consequential method starting from your thumb all the way to your pinky finger. You can use a computer keyboard for this as well. Start typing some words and keep practicing until you feel that your finger movement is back to normal.
Stress ball exercises. After a couple of months of these exercises, your hand and fingers may be back to normal in terms of strength and dexterity. However, you would want to make them stronger and dexterous to avoid acquiring further carpal tunnel strains. A good stress ball would be a good tool for the muscle strengthening of your hand. Purchase one and execute 10-minute exercises with it twice a day. All you have to do is squeeze on the ball as hard as you can and let go. Continue with the process until you complete a 10-minute set. Rest a few hours and do the same thing again.
Finally, with enough patience and proper rehabilitation, your hand will be stronger and healthier than it was before the surgery. Continue with the strengthening exercises to avoid further injury to your hand.