The Key To Recovery: Movement
February 21, 2017
“Whether you are recovering from injury or surgery, it’s not only safe for you to move, it's good for you to move,” Dr. David Ring says, Orthopedic hand surgeon at ARC Medical Park Tower Orthopedics.
Getting You Back on Track
When you see an orthopedic surgeon, it’s usually because you have a “problem that is keeping you from being yourself,” Dr. Ring says. “How do we get you back on track?”
Dr. Ring focuses on two aspects when addressing your problem, “there's a technical aspect to what we do and there's a non-technical aspect.”
The technical aspects deal with the medical assessment of your injury and surgery, if needed. One of the non-technical aspects is helping you through the recovery process to get you back to the things you love doing.
“Being able to provide support in those non-technical ways is really important and it's a passion of mine,” Dr. Ring says.
Moving Towards Recovery
Dr. Ring supports your recovery by explaining the recovery process, and sharing how counterintuitive it may seem.
“My tip for people recovering, whether they’re recovering from injury or surgery, is to move,” Dr. Ring says. “Even though it hurts and it’s swollen and there's a wound, it's not only safe for you to move, it's good for you to move.”
He advises you to move in ways that feel natural, or meaningful, in order to overcome the impulse to protect and immobilize the injury.
“One way to get past that is to do something that’s meaningful to you,” Dr. Ring says.
One patient, a famous jazz pianist, brought Dr. Ring a CD of her playing with famous musicians. He understood – her hands were important to her and getting back on track meant playing music, once again, with greater ease.
During recovery, Dr. Ring asked her to go home and lay her hands on the piano keys, “maybe move, maybe simulate playing.”
Flight of the Butterfly
The next morning, “she sent me a video of her playing Flight of the Butterfly better than almost anybody on the planet can play it,” Dr. Ring says.
In the patient’s video, her hands and fingers moved across the piano effortlessly despite the buddy straps she wore on her fingers. Dr. Ring’s invitation to the pianist to simulate playing led to a big step towards her recovery.
Watch Dr. David Ring’s video biography to learn more about how he works with you to get you back to doing the things you love. To see Dr. Ring, you can make an appointment online or call ARC Medical Park Tower Orthopedics at 512-454-4561.