One of the hardest parts of having an injury or having surgery, is the fact that you do not feel like yourself, you don’t feel normal. Sometimes your whole body can feel painful, rather than just the site of injury or surgery. This is completely normal! Generally, it takes your body about eight weeks to calm down and feel normal after the hormonal response it has from the injury or surgery. This can vary from person to person, but at about the eight week mark, patients begin to report that they feel much better.
Help Yourself Feel Normal Again
The best thing that you can do during this time is listen to your body! If you feel like you need more rest, then take the time to rest and relax. Listening to your body will help you heal faster. Some good ways to relax that work for both us and our patents are meditation and deep breathing. They can be done anywhere, and help calm you down and bring things back into focus. Sometimes, patients prefer to exercise to give them a break from what is going on, and you should check with your therapist to see what you can and cannot do with your injury. We have had patients who do modified yoga to relax, or go to the gym and use the machines there. However, you do have to be careful- you want to make sure that you are listening to your body, not your anxiety.
Keep an Open Mind
A good rule of thumb is to keep an open mind and be patient. Remember, as you heal, you do not use the injured area as you normally would, so beginning to use it again can be uncomfortable. If your therapist says an activity is fine to attempt, then go ahead and try to do it. Your therapist can even help you modify activities to fit your ability, so that you can gradually get back to normal as you heal. Our patients report that going back to exercising and meditation help them feel more “normal”, as these are part of their lives that are largely affected by surgery and/or an injury.
Have you sustained an injury between or including your shoulder and fingertips? Do you suspect that your workplace environment is causing you pain? If so, you could be a candidate for hand therapy services at LB Hand Therapy in Maryland. Visit our Where to Begin page to become a patient.