In this video, certified hand therapist Laura McCarthy OTR/L, CHT demonstrates wrist exercises to improve wrist range of motion (wrist ROM).
Wrist Range of Motion
Doctors or therapists typically prescribed wrist exercises for patients just coming out of a cast, or those recovering from a wrist injury. These exercises include wrist flexion and extension, ulnar and radial deviation, and forearm supination and pronation. Here at LB Hand Therapy, we typically prescribe wrist exercises as part of your home exercise program. We encourage you to take an active role in your treatment- the more involved and compliant with your exercises you are, the better result you will have. These exercises will not only improve wrist range of motion, but can also decrease wrist pain or swelling.
Try for Three Sets of Wrist Exercises Per Day
We usually instruct our patient to complete wrist ROM exercises three times a day, with ten repetitions of each exercise. There are a few tricks of the trade that we like to share with our patients. The first one is to start out slow with the first few repetitions, and then progress from there. It surprises our patients how much movement they gain after those ten focused repetitions. Also, use an object for motivation. Reaching for an object while you complete your wrist range of motion exercises is often more motivating for some of our patients.
Wear Your Wrist Brace
As Laura states in the video, DO NOT stop wearing your wrist brace unless instructed to by your doctor. And for more information on wrist fractures, please click here.
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Hi, I’m Laura McCarthy of LB Hand Therapy and we’re here today to talk about wrist range of motion.
Wrist range of motion is often done when you first come out of your cast, after a wrist fracture. If your coming out of your cast because you’ve had a tendon or muscle repair, please check with your physician before you start these exercises.
How To Complete Wrist Exercises
Often times when you get your cast off from breaking your wrist, the doctor will say begin general range of motion exercises of your wrist. He usually gives you a wrist splint to wear the rest of the time. You remove the wrist splint, and you start with ten repetitions of bending your wrist forward (demonstrates wrist flexion).
This is wrist flexion, and you go from bending it, to neutral. You should go slowly and you should feel a stretch at the end range.
The next one is, you make a fist because the finger extensors like to pull the wrist backwards, and you move your wrist backwards with a fist (demonstrates wrist extension while fingers are in a fist).
Same thing, you go as far as you can, and kind of hold at the end range with a little stretch.
Then the wrist goes side, to side, and this exercise can be done with your fingers fisted or with your fingers straight (demonstrates radial and ulnar deviation).
The last two exercises are with your elbow planted on the table, you turn palm up, to neutral, palm up, to neutral, and palm down, to neutral, palm down, to neutral (demonstrates wrist rotation).
Don’t Forget Your Wrist Brace
You should then put your wrist brace back on. Your healthcare provider will tell you when it is time to remove the brace, and start using your hand.
Thank you for watching this video, I hope you found it helpful. If you need further information please check our website LBHandTherapy.com, and again thank you for watching.