Rehabilitation following thumb CMC, radiocarpal, and DRUJ arthroplasty

Hand Clin. 2013 Feb;29(1):123-42. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2012.08.025.


Hand therapy is essential after arthroplasty around the wrist. This article includes therapy guidelines and goals after surgical reconstruction of the thumb carpometacarpal joint, radiocarpal joint, and distal radioulnar joint. Typical concerns and treatment options are addressed. Tables and figures are included to guide the hand therapist in the process of returning this patient population to pain-free function.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthrometry, Articular
  • Arthroplasty / rehabilitation*
  • Carpometacarpal Joints / surgery*
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Humans
  • Ligaments, Articular / surgery
  • Physical Therapy Modalities*
  • Postoperative Care*
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Splints
  • Tendon Transfer
  • Trapezium Bone / surgery
  • Wrist Joint / surgery*