Post Operative Instructions

Contrast Baths for Swelling Reduction

Equipment:

  1. 2 plastic dish pans or double sink.
  2. Timer
  3. Sponge

Instructions

  1. Fill one pan with hot water (as hot as tolerable without burning yourself) and one pan with cool water (as cold as tolerable). Fill high enough so the wrist and hand are covered.
  2. Place your hand in the hot water first.
  3. Squeeze a sponge, or open and close your fingers for 5 minutes.
  4. Then place your hand in the cold water.
  5. Squeeze a sponge, or open and close your fingers for 5 minutes.
  6. Alternate between the hot and cold water every 5 minutes , for a total of 15 minutes.
  7. End with the cool water!

This treatment will decrease your pain, swelling or stiffness. It may also help increase range of motion.

Please make an appointment to be seen if you having concerns.