The physiotherapist recommends exercises designed to get the hand and fingers working so that the work tasks and daily activities can be done easily. They also guide to help find ways to do tasks in such a way that don't put too much stress on the finger joint.
Gentle range-of-motion exercises can help to retain the range of motion, flexibility, and mobility.
Strengthening exercises usually follow 8 to 10 weeks after surgery range of motion exercises can be recommended with resistance like squeeze –ball, gel balls, etc.
Stretching exercises are done at PIP contracture before repairing or reconstruction. Stretching exercises are done to improve the strength and flexibility of the fingers.
MCPJ flexion and extension
Bend the fingers from the knuckles, make sure to keep the fingers straight. Hold this position for 5 secs and then straighten. Repeat this 10 times and do it 1-2 hrs.
DIPJ flexion and extension
Bend the tip of the finger over the edge of the splint and hold for 5 seconds, straighten the fingertip and hold for 5 seconds. With the other hand hold the splint and keep the joint that has been splinted, straight. Repeat this 10 times and do it for 1-2 hours.
PIPJ flexion and extension
Bend the finger at the middle joint, while wearing the splint, and allow the splint to return the finger to a straight position. Repeat 10 times and do it for 1-2 hours.