You have had small nerve repaired in your finger/thumb.

 A splint will have been made for you to wear at all times for the next 3 weeks.  This will protect your hand and help the nerve to heal.

 If your hand is swelling then keep it up in the air as much as possible.

 You will be given some exercises to do to help stop your fingers from becoming stiff, and to also help make your finger less tender.

Exercises:    Do these every hour in your splint

1. Bend your finger down fully and make a fist, then straighten it back to the level of the splint.  Use your other hand to help if needed.  Repeat x 20.

2. Massage your scar (once the wounds have healed and your stitches have been removed). X 5 minutes.

3. Using a finger of your other hand, rapidly tap lightly over the most sensitive area of your finger.  Do this for 3 minutes.  This will help make your finger less sensitive.

4. Move all the other fingers/wrist/elbow/shoulder through a full range to prevent them becoming stiff.


 Do your exercises regularly
 Do keep your splint on all the time


 Do not get your wound wet whilst your stitches are still in.


The Hand to Elbow Clinic
29a James Street West
Bath BA1 2BT

Tel 01225 316895
Fax 01225 484949
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