Wrist fusion surgery provides treatment for serve wrist pain caused by arthritis. Your surgeon may have done a great job, but it is important to know that surgery is just the first step. It doesn’t guarantee total mobility. Physical therapy is important for complete recovery, strength, and a full range of motion once your wrist begins to heal. Our physical therapists are excited to help you achieve this in the shortest time possible. Contact us today and request an appointment with one of our therapists.
What is wrist fusion?
Wrist fusion, also called total wrist arthrodesis, is a procedure done in which the small bones of the wrist (carpal bones) are joined, merged, or fused with the radius bone of your forearm. This is used to treat severe pain in the wrist, where other treatment options have failed. It is different from wrist replacement. In wrist replacement, the damaged parts of the wrist bones are replaced with artificial parts (prosthetics). With wrist fusion, the bones become one solid bone, relieves the pain and the patient is able to continue using the wrist.
Who is Wrist Fusion Right For?
Wrist replacement is ideal for persons who have
Who is Unsuitable for Wrist Fusion?
Wrist fusion surgery may not be right for you if you have:
Recovery for Wrist Fusion Surgery
After the surgery, be ready to feel some pain, this is normal for a while. Your doctor may prescribe pain killers for a period to help with the pain. Once your pain begins to subside, stop taking the meds. The bones will need time to grow and fuse together. During this time, your arm will be put in a cast for at least 4 weeks. Once the cast is removed, you will need to wear a splint for another 6 – 8 weeks. Post-operative rehabilitation is very crucial after surgery. This guarantees that your wrist heals faster, and is restored to its normal functioning. Polygon PT offers post-operative rehab for wrist fusion surgery. Post-operative rehab is aimed at relieving pain, muscle spasms and swelling, and restoring wrist flexibility. Manual therapy with strength and motion exercises will be used to achieve this. Don’t rush the recovery process, it will take a couple of months for complete recovery. During this time, too much pressure on the wrist should be avoided.
Get Started With Physical Therapy and Rehab for Wrist Fusion Today
For quick and complete recovery to your wrist, well-structured rehab treatment is essential. Contact a physical therapist today at Polygon PT to get started. Regain full use of your wrist!