Wednesday Q&A: Post-Breast Surgery Yoga, Persistent Wrist Pain, & Scar Tissue


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Welcome to Wednesday Q&A, where you ask questions and we answer them!

In this Wednesday Q&A, we answer your questions about restarting yoga after breast surgery, persistent wrist pain, and scar tissue around the collarbone from surgery.

Your questions:

  • I've just had breast surgery to remove three lumps from my left breast. There were two incisions, one on my areola and the other one under the left breast on the fifth rib. The doctor says that I can get back to yoga after a month. When I return to my yoga practice, can I do the reset and sun sal 1? Are there any movements that I should avoid?
  • I've been dealing with pain in my left wrist for several years. I can't move into full wrist extension without pain, let alone full weight-bearing in poses like plank. Most of my pain is in the thumb side and radiates to the middle of my wrist. It feels like there's something in the way, like when you can't close a door all the way because something is stuck in the doorway. I've seen several specialists and PT hasn't helped. I recently saw a new orthopedic and they diagnosed me with de Quervain's tenosynovitis and gave me a steroid shot. It helped some, but the pain is still there and hinders my ability to fully practice yoga or any weight-bearing activities that require me to extend my wrists. Any ideas as to what it may be or movements that I can do to alleviate some of the pain?
  • I have scar tissue around my collarbone from surgery that I had where a plate was installed. Do you have any specific exercises where you can loosen that area up? I've had the plate for six years already, but I've started doing some exercises and I'm sore now.

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