Patient Information Sheet
The injury that you have sustained damaged the tendon(s) that straighten your finger(s). These tendon(s) were repaired during your surgery. You will have been sent home in a cast to allow you to rest for the first few days following your surgery.
At your first hand therapy appointment you will be provided with a splint by the hand therapist to protect your tendon(s) whilst they heal. The rehabilitation programme is designed to protect your repaired tendon(s) but allow your hand to move as much as possible to prevent stiffness and scarring. It is very important that you only do the exercises described and follow all instructions carefully.
Your therapist will guide you through this process.
You should contact St James’s Hospital at 01 4162305 and ask for Hand Therapy if:
You will have two splints to wear. One for your fingers and one for your wrist.
The splints protect your repaired tendons to allow them to heal.
Do not remove your splints.
At your initial session your hand therapist will make your splints and explain the rehabilitation process to you.
Complete the following exercises 5 times, every 2 hours
Start and finish each of the following exercises with your finger straight
Exercises 1: ‘Hook’
Curl the tips of the fingers down into a hook position, and then straighten fingers fully.
Exercise 2. ‘Table top’
Start with fingers straight and bend forward at the knuckle, then straighten fingers fully
Exercises 3. ‘Fist’
Curl fingers into a fist as far as they will go in the splint, then straighten fingers fully.