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Hand Surgery

Liverpool Physio can provide you with a specialised and individual rehabilitation programme following hand surgery ensuring you get the best long term results.

Following surgery, physiotherapy plays a very significant part in your recovery by reducing pain and swelling and maximising your functional ability.

Aims of hand surgery

The aims of hand surgery depend on the specific cause of your problems but may be to:
  • Repair injuries post trauma
  • Increase range of movement of the joints within the hand
  • Increase function
  • Reduce pain and swelling
Seeking physiotherapy following surgery is of great benefit as Liverpool Physio are able to maximise the results of your surgery to ensure your hand is fully functionally as quickly as possible, making your life much easier.?

Functional hand exercises assisted by specialist physiotherapistAbove: Functional hand exercises assisted by specialist physiotherapist

Types of hand surgery

There are a multitude of different types of surgical procedure which can be performed on the hand such as:
  • Dupuytren?s contracture release
  • Fixation of the hand
  • Joint replacement
  • Nerve repair
  • Tendon Repair
  • Trigger finger release
We are able to provide individualised rehabilitation programmes following all types of hand surgery.

Hand and wrist mobilisations performed by an experienced PhysiotherapistAbove: Hand and wrist mobilisations performed by an experienced Physiotherapist

How can physiotherapy help following hand surgery?

Physiotherapy treatment can promote recovery following hand surgery in the following ways:
  • Maintenance and improvement of joint range of movement
  • Decreased pain and swelling
  • Improved muscle strength
  • Scar management
  • Speedy return to sports and other activities
  • Increased self-sufficiency and quality of life
You may have been suffering with impaired hand function for a period prior to your surgery meaning that your hand has become used to limited movement and function causing muscle wastage and joint stiffness. Alternatively, if you?ve suffered a trauma, your hand may have been fully functional prior to surgery and you will naturally be feeling frustrated by your subsequent reduction in function. Either way, it is of upmost importance to move and train your hand in a safe, graduated and supervised manner following surgery to ensure your hand recovers to its original condition before your own specific problems began.

Liverpool Physio are experts in all types of hand rehabilitation and are extremely motivated to help you reach both your short and long term goals as quickly as possible.

What does physiotherapy treatment involve following hand surgery?

Physiotherapy treatment will depend largely upon the exact surgery you have had but all treatment will take into account your personal goals so that you can return to the activities you enjoy the most. You can also be safe in the knowledge that our physiotherapists are always up to date with any relevant post-surgery protocols which are based on evidence and are recommended for use by hand and wrist surgeons.

A physiotherapy rehabilitation programme may include some or all of the following treatments:
  • Range of movement exercises
  • Mobilisation
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Manipulation
  • Electrotherapy to reduce swelling and pain
  • Instruction and advice on any specific assistive devices if required
  • Home exercise programmes
  • Scar massage
Any combination of treatments can be selected as part of a graduated programme to ensure your complete recovery and satisfaction.


Hand surgery can be required for a variety of reasons but whatever the cause you will generally feel a great deal of frustration following surgery when completing tasks previously done with no thought.

Liverpool Physio understand how having an impaired hand has a huge effect on your life and are experts at ensuring your maximal recovery as quickly as possible. We can help you to meet your own personal needs whether you want to go back to making a cup of tea or playing the piano.

If you would like to arrange an appointment then please contact our team at or call us on 0151 558 0077.

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