Undergoing a wrist operation can be more intensive than many people realize, especially concerning the recovery process. You use your hands (and therefore use your wrists) for a considerable number of tasks. The inability to use one of your hands for weeks or months of recovery time can be very intimidating. Even though it is slightly unnervings, it is still important to approach wrist surgery recovery correctly so that healing can be achieved as quickly and effectively as possible. Take a look at the information below to learn how to best take care of yourself during the recovery process:

Take It Easy

Many people ruin the surgical procedure by over working their injured limbs within the first several weeks of recovery. It can be very tempting to simply use your wrist as you always have. Asking for help will seem counterintuitive and may even feel embarrassing at first. However, you must do whatever it takes to rest your wrist.

Engage in Socializing

Have you ever heard of the “buddy system?” There’s an old saying that there “is safety in numbers”, and this can certainly apply to your recovery period. Wrist surgery and the recovery period thereafter should not be approached alone. Getting out in the community is essential to successful healing. Call up a friend and discuss your plans concerning healing and recovery. Your friend may be able to give you valuable insight into the process while encouraging you along the way.

Think Positive

Did you know that your thoughts can greatly influence how well your wrist heals after wrist surgery? The brain has far more to do with physical healing than most people realize. The reason behind this phenomenon is described as the mind-body connection concept, i.e. the way your mind and body influence each other. After intensive surgery, it is important to approach the healing process holistically by including positive thinking and other important cognitive strategies. For instance, you should approach the recovery process confidently instead of warily. Research indicates that approaching recovery with this attitude may in fact increase the rate of healing and decrease the risk of complications following surgical procedures.

Consider Different Activities

After surgery on your wrist, you will probably be unable to participate in many of the activities you previously engaged in on a regular basis. Your doctor will tell you to rest your wrist for days, weeks, or even months depending on the severity of the surgical procedure. You may not be able to sew, play sports, cook, or do many of the activities you enjoy. Does this fact give you an excuse to sit on the couch and let your mind vegetate? Of course not! Start developing different interests and hobbies that keep you active and engaged.

By keeping these ideas in mind, you will be able to successfully heal from your wrist surgery. Are you ready to get better soon? Take it easy, engage in community activities, think positive thoughts, and pick up a few new hobbies. You will recover before you know it.