This post is tied to my latest physiotherapy appointment.
(i.) wrist mobility
My extension and flexion ROM improved to 45 and 40 degrees respectively.
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.
Time= 18 weeks —-> Mobility = 85 degrees, 50% of total.
….which means I have scavenged 50% of my good hand’s mobility in my injured one. So I’m very happy with this.
(2.) Hand/wrist Exercises
Continuing using a very light 1kg weight, and go through a range of basic but slow motions. I have some additional wall push-ups which aim to provide some resistance for my hand to fight against.
…..Plus! I have a new toy! A Roller ball “handy exerciser!” Oh yeah, its hot.
You rev it up to potentially 8000rpms (not quite Rx8 territory, but close) and try and control this sucker as it bends the fabric of space and time.
(3.) Hand strength
Hydraulic hand dynamometer measurements.
Week 15 = 14kg
Week 16 = 20kg
Week 18 = 28kg
…so a hand strength doubling in 3 weeks.
My good (dominant) hand was rated at 38kg last week, 45kg today.
(4.) Current strength/pain
Pain levels similar to previous entry.
I have a carpel tunnel pain which I learnt today is almost certainly due to the scar tissue pressuring the area. This should improve if not totally heal with time.