This post is tied to my latest physiotherapy appointment.
(i.) wrist mobility
My upward ROM remained at 40 degrees, but my downward improved to 30 degrees.
Using a reference of a total mobility in a normal wrist of 170 degrees (90 degrees down + 80 degrees up):
Time= 0 weeks —-> Mobility = 0 degrees, 0% of total.
Time= 12 weeks —-> Mobility = 30 degrees, 18% of total.
Time= 15 weeks —-> Mobility = 60 degrees, 35% of total.
Time= 16 weeks —-> Mobility = 70 degrees, 42% of total.
(2.) Hand/wrist Exercises
Started using a very light 1kg weight, and go through a range of basic but slow motions. Interesting to see if this loosens up wrist further.
(3.) Hand strength
I also had my hand strength measured with a hydraulic hand dynamometer. Last week, I rated 14kg, today was 20kg. My good (dominant) hand was rated at 38kg.
(4.) Current strength/pain
Strangely, different days bring differing levels of discomfort. Today was nowhere near as bad as last two days when my knuckles felt like I’d punched brick walls. The muscular cheek area below the thumb has been overly tender in the last 3 weeks at least; almost certainly scaphoid bone related. If it is, hopefully it’s just healing pain. Otherwise it might be permanent pain.
(5.) Hand creams
As the scars are well into healing mode so I’ve started applying bio-oil and paw paw cream to flatten the scars and minimise redness. I will take some photos of my scars as changes occur.