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Question by  junruh (39)

What can a physical therapist do for a broken hand?

My doctor suggested physical therapy, but I'm not sure if I need it.


Answer by  Connie45 (1110)

If the break has healed, physical therapy can improve both strength and flexibility in the hand. The therapist will prescribe exercises to improve the hand in these areas. You might also get a flexible ball to squeeze or work with modeling clay to aid flexibilty and strength. It's worth the effort.


Answer by  noey1958 (1405)

You may want to take your doctors advice on this one. You want to make sure that your hand comes back to 100% usage and physical therapy will assure this. This will help keep athritis in this hand at bay also.


Answer by  Connie45 (1110)

Is your doctor an orthopedic surgeon? Has the break healed? If it has, physical therapy can improve strength and flexibility through exercises such as squeezing a ball or working with clay.


Answer by  Travis404607 (3916)

If the hand was severely fractured, you may experience muscle loss in the hand from limited use. Physical therapy can help restore this lost muscle tissue.


Answer by  PDXrollsRoyce (6)

It can help you regain movement and strength in your hand that you might otherwise lose without those specific exercises a therapist can provide you. I strongly suggest therapy.


Answer by  CarolynOsborne (2804)

Since people use their hands for many tasks, if you don't take physical therapy, you are running the risk of having a permanent problem with your hand.


Answer by  pinoot1976 (267)

Physiotherapists will assist and advice you on the correct way of moving your joints as to alleviate the pain and prevent further deformity associated with the fracture.


Answer by  rrogers (68)

In theory it will allow you to increase flexibility and strength in the joints that were affected by the fracture by doing the appropriate, targeted exercises under a professional's supervision.

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