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physiology of muscle and tendon strengthening

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2014/10/25 12:39:31 (permalink)

physiology of muscle and tendon strengthening

I broke a bone in my hand (4th metacarpal), had  hand surgery and now i am out of a cast. Its been 3 weeks since cast removal however i still cannot bend all my fingers to form a fist . My understanding is that this is stiffness due to weak  and shortened tendons. My hand is still swollen and i have been given exercises to do.
Should i be doing these exercises as im wondering if they are making the inflammation worst as i think this is what is stopping me bending my fingers or will doing the exercises strengthen my muscles and tendons even though there is inflammation and pain.
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    Re: physiology of muscle and tendon strengthening 2014/10/29 12:36:58 (permalink)
    If you have been given physio exercises to do, do them. It's probably not wise to ask strangers on a forum if you should ignore medical advice.
    Hope you see improvement soon.
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    Re: 2014/10/31 21:41:47 (permalink)
    If you have been given them to do by someone qualified, then do them. Proper rehab after hand and wrist injuries is crucial to regaining full function.
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    Re: 2014/11/01 00:27:39 (permalink)
    Some years ago I had a tendon and nerve cut in my hand. After the cast was removed it was very painful to move the affected fingers. Just stick with it. You need to do the exercises even when they are painful. In my case there seemed to be very slow progress and then a sudden recovery of movement over a period of about 3 weeks (although the nerve regeneration took longer).
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    Re: 2014/11/02 16:20:10 (permalink)
    As above do what you physio/professional told you to do. If you want to regain best ROM possible and strength you must get the joints moving. Some pain is to be expected in this process.
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    Re: 2014/11/07 17:11:46 (permalink)
    Movement will help reduce swelling so get on at it with the prescribed exercises
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