Elbow/Wrist Surgery Rehab Arlington, VA

Elbow/Wrist Surgery Rehab

Christine G.

More about my situation- I am a 50-year-old woman who started with Dr. Ujjwal in mid-February after having fallen on the ice in early January requiring surgery to repair both bones in my right arm at the wrist. With the fall and surgery essentially damaging all the associated wrist, hand, lower arm muscles, tendons, and ligaments (in addition to the bones) I had virtually no use of my right hand and wrist after the surgery cast came off. So the bone was healed but....When we first started therapy I literally could not hold a coffee cup, let alone lift an empty coffee cup off the counter. Dr. Ujjwal used manual manipulation to open the wrist joint and assist with loosening and stretching to get greater mobility. He also arranged a progressive exercise regime to build strength and range of motion. Each week he and his assistant evaluated my progress by testing my strength and range of motion compared to my "good" hand/wrist and added new exercises for me to do in their office (monitored to make sure I was doing them properly) and then to continue to do at home twice a day between our office visits. In the last two months I have gained nearly full functionality and I will be graduating soon.

We will educate on post op precautions (lifting, weight bearing) as per your surgeon’s recommendation. Early rehab will focus on tissue healing, range of motion, swelling management and pain management. As you progress with rehab, treatments will be focused on your functional goals.

We follow evidence-based practice with each injury and post op surgery, while using cutting edge technology such as BFR (Blood flow restriction training) for muscle strength and endurance, STEP principle for therapeutic exercises and various Manual Therapy Techniques including Dry Needling, IASTM, Cupping, Taping, Myofascial
Release, etc to create a very personalized Rehab Program for you.

We will work closely with your Physician/ Surgeon team so, we are on the same page about your progress. We will listen to your goals and progress accordingly while addressing appropriate tissue healing. We see a variety of patient populations, from the High level Professional Athlete to the person whose goals are to walk, garden and perform regular activities of daily living. We will personalize our rehab program just for you and your goals.

Contact us today at our Arlington, VA Physical Therapy center to learn more!