When injury occurs, then scarring and adhesion often comes with it. In some people’s case, “injury” might be in the form of carpal tunnel syndrome or other soft tissue problem. For others, like Phill, injury came in the usual form – trauma. Phill’s traumatic injury resulting from a laceration with a pair of garden shears has resulted in a lacerated tendon and artery. At the time of the injury, there was a great deal of blood, internally, and that resulted in a great deal of swelling. Internal tissues, including ligaments, muscles, arm and hand tendons, take a great deal of insult to foreign matter in their space. That includes blood. Usually, the body is excellent at clearing that away over time. However, sometimes, a residual is left and that can result in adhesions – things just get a bit stuck down.
To prevent that happening, tendon glides are the answer. They simply keep things moving. And the long term function and hand mobility relies on the rehabilitation of these hand tendons through tendon glide exercises. Phill’s hand therapist steps through the basic and the common tendon glides that they frequently use to rehabilitate hand tendons. They also discuss some of the exercises that they use for specific injuries. It’s a good time to note that while these are commonly used tendon glides, they are given to Phill as specific exercises for Phill’s rehabilitation. Everybody’s circumstances and injury and their respective rehabilitation is different. These are great exercises and the hand therapist provides great direction, but they should be done under the direction of a healthcare professional.
We know that not everyone in Australia has access to a great team of hand therapists like Phill did for his rehabilitation. Those Australians living in the rural and remote areas will not be able to pop down the road for 15 minutes like Phill and receive great occupational therapy. So, we offer this guide to what tendons glides for hand tendons are all about. However, make sure that you discuss your needs with your GP so that you are taking on the right therapy for your situation.
That said, Phill and his therapist walk through the exercises that will get Phill’s hand tendons back into tip-top shape
Downloadable Guide: Exercises For Hand Tendons
We have also prepared a printable sheet that guides you through these exercises:
Nic Nash-Arnold has been nursing for twenty years. She has nursed thousands of patients, mainly in the operating theatre. Nicole has worked in both public and private hospitals in Queensland. Ten years ago, she left the “coal face” of nursing and moved into a Nurse Educator role and then a series of senior and executive hospital administration roles. Nic has always believed in the empowerment with education. That might be empowering nurses to provide better care or patients to take better care, but education is always the centre of the solution. Google