Get plenty of rest, but also do range-of-motion exercises
. They will help maintain joint mobility.
Treatment focuses on two principles: (1) increasing the limb's range of motion by decreasing swelling and preventing fibrosis (tissue scarring and development of flexion contractures) and (2) managing pain with paraffin baths, cold packs, local anesthetics, analgesics, and ganglion blocks before range-of-motion exercises
A wide range of exercise options is open to people with arthritis, but experts agree that two basic elements should always be incorporated: range-of-motion exercises
to increase flexibility in the joints affected by arthritis and stamina-building exercises to build muscle strength and general endurance.
"During the healing period, ice packs, painkillers, and cortisone injections can help relieve the pain, and gentle range-of-motion exercises
can help maintain some flexibility in the joint," says Dr.
Active range-of-motion exercises
were encouraged for the ipsilateral elbow and shoulder and passive range-of-motion exercises
for the fingers, three weeks after commencing bone transportation.
If you are immobilized after surgery, ask a nurse or physical therapist to do range-of-motion exercises
on your legs.
Also, do range-of-motion exercises
every day and make sure you move your legs from one position to another every two to three hours.
He advocates passive and active assisted range-of-motion exercises
aimed at establishing scapular stabilization.
Exercise therapy is typically the first-line treatment, but while range-of-motion exercises
can promote strength and flexibility after injury, surgery may be the best approach if pain is severe.
The unaffected arm should do most of the work, bringing the affected arm "along for the fide." After you feel comfortable exercising this way, you can do more active range-of-motion exercises
BOSTON -- Lower-extremity strength training may do more to stave off the incidence and progression of knee osteoarthritis symptoms in older individuals than do conventional range-of-motion exercises
, said Steven A.
If the child has made progress and can complete range-of-motion exercises
without pain and with normal range of motion, he or she can resume sport-specific exercises and then sports participation.