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Wrist Surgery

The physiotherapists at Liverpool Physio are able to offer you expert and individualised treatment following wrist surgery to ensure your prompt and full recovery.

Physiotherapy is very important following surgery to minimise pain and swelling and maximise the success of your surgery ensuring that you regain full functional use of your hand as quickly as possible.

Aims of wrist surgery

Wrist surgery may have a number of aims depending upon how old you are and your previous physical ability.

Some aims of wrist surgery are to:
  • Reduce pain
  • Improve function
  • Increase wrist range of movement
  • Repair injuries following trauma
Following surgery, Liverpool Physio are able to develop these benefits to ensure your recovery is as complete and fast as possible.

Mobilisations and massage of wrist by specialist physiotherapistAbove: Mobilisations and massage of wrist by specialist physiotherapist

Types of wrist surgery

We are able to provide individualised rehabilitation programmes for a wide range of wrist surgeries which include:
  • Arthroscopy ? the procedure required to remove debris, such as small loose fragments or bony spurs, formed by repetitive overhead or lifting

  • Carpal tunnel release ? involves division of a wrist ligament to relieve pressure on a nerve, to reduce carpel tunnel symptoms

  • Radius / Ulnar Fracture ORIF ? is a surgical procedure involving exposure of fracture to fix break in place with screws and plates. ORIF stands for Open Reduction and Internal Fixation

  • Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) surgery ? is a performed following trauma or degeneration to the triangular fibrocartilage complex to repair tears

How can physiotherapy help following wrist surgery?

Physiotherapy can help you following wrist surgery in the following ways:
  • Reduction of pain and swelling
  • Restoration and maintenance of wrist range of movement
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Promotion of independence and quality of life
  • Prompt return to activities and sports
Having impaired wrist function can have a huge impact on your life in many ways. Our physiotherapists understand the wide range of activities affected by this problem and it is their goal to return you to all activities you enjoy as quickly as they can whether these are domestic tasks or racquet sports.

Following surgery, it can be the case that people avoid using the affected hand and wrist due to pain and swelling. Although this is a normal reaction it is important to participate in a specialised and graduated physiotherapy rehabilitation programme to both prevent subsequent issues such as stiffness and contractures and also to maximise the success of the surgery. Liverpool Physio are experts at designing such a treatment programme whilst taking into account your own needs and goals in order to provide holistic therapy.

Fitting and adjustment of wrist splint by specilaist MSK physiotherapistAbove: Fitting and adjustment of wrist splint by specilaist MSK physiotherapist

What does physiotherapy treatment involve following wrist surgery?

Physiotherapy treatment is devised around your personal goals and previous physical or sporting ability. We also ensure that any specific surgical protocols are adhered to if relevant and our motivated physiotherapists are always up to date with research ensuring all practice is supported by sound evidence.

The following treatments may be included in a rehabilitation programme:
  • Joint mobilisation to reduce stiffness
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises to re-gain normal function and movement
  • Electrotherapy for reduction of pain and swelling
  • Advice and instruction regarding any relevant assistive devices
  • Home exercise programmes
Any of these treatments can be used in combination to maximise your recovery.


The period following wrist surgery can be both painful and frustrating. Liverpool Physio understand this and can develop a graduated and individualised rehabilitation programme for you in order to promote effective recovery and a prompt return to all those activities you enjoy.

If you would like to arrange an appointment please contact us by e-mailing or call us on 0151 558 0077.

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