Getting Better – Like A Rockstar ;)

On Monday September 16, 2013 I had the carpal tunnel release performed on my right hand. This is the second procedure of this type, as I had the left hand done in January of this same year. The left hand was a great success, when I had the stitches taken out, I did not even have to go to physical therapy – I had apparently done just the right things during the recovery/healing process. I will admit, I was a little apprehensive at having the right hand done, even though there was a great response from the left, I am a dominant righty and the thought of losing my main hand scared me some. 

Fast forward to now and I feel like we are doing great once again! I have a very talented orthopaedic surgeon, who has impressed me. So less than a week following the surgery, that is – by Thursday; I have been able to touch the thumb to each finger except the pinky and it feels like it’s healing right up. Everyone keeps asking me how I manage to retain wonderful movement and heal so quickly without the need for PT. (Of course, the real test will come this Friday when he removes the pressure bandage.) So, for me, the quick recovery happens from a combination of different actions. First is keeping the hand elevated as much as possible to help with swelling. To help range of motion I have been wiggling all fingers and thumb, as well as rotation of the wrist. This is followed by stretching exercises, both extending and retracting (bend and straighten) the fingers and the fingertip touches mentioned above. The biggest thing I believe has aided, about 4 days following surgery I had enough strength and control over the digits to begin playing a little Xbox 🙂 I played a little Saints Row IV, and followed up with Rockstar’s GTAV. I really believe that the repetitive motions and different small movements performed during gameplay, has helped just as much as PT sessions. Bear in mind, I am not talking about the marathon 8+ hours I like to usually give a new game release, typically I find that 30-45 minutes of gameplay at a time is sufficient!


The big bandaged hand I’m working with 😉


Me and my XBox controller.


  1. Stephen
    Sep 30, 2013

    LIKE A BOSS!!!!!!!!

    • Ally Sylum
      Oct 9, 2013

      😀 For sure!

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