The broken hand: the physical therapy

November 07, 2013

Part of The Broken Hand series

The Physical Therapy

After such injuries, it is imperative to have therapy. Your arm may be somewhat mobile, but from the weeks of sitting still, there’s no strength left in the muscles. You literally can’t lift it up, and it’s very scary at first. Will I always be like that?

Physical therapy brings on visible progress, and it’s encouraging. I went every few weeks to look at my current state and got a new set of exercises to do several times a day—first with a small ball, then with rubber bands, broomsticks and other household tools. Progress was visible, and I was on my way back to a healthy, regular life.