I had an ORIF with a volar fixed angle plate placed 2 days ago. Â I am supposed to keep my wrist in a splint for 2 weeks before I am allowed to do anything. Â Is this normal? Â I would think that my muscles would waste away in that time. Â
The protocol that your surgeon gave you sounds like the standard protocol-- no movement for two weeks and no strengthening until week six. Â A recent article has found it to be more beneficial, however, to begin passive motion fairly immediately and strengthening as soon as two weeks. This would be a good discussion to have with your surgeon.