What I Gained From This Year’s ASHT Annual Meeting

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Thu, Oct 13,2016 @ 09:43 AM

A Therapist's Insight to the ASHT Annual Meeting

This year the American Society of Hand Therapists’ Annual Meeting was held in Washington, DC and I was fortunate to be able to attend. As always, the meeting was excellent and packed with valuable information, good people, and individuals who care about the profession of hand therapy. These details alone are very motivating to a hand therapist, but in reflection, there are a few more things that are priceless about this live conference.

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Lateral Epicondylitis: Treatment Options for an Aggravating Diagnosis

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Tue, Sep 27,2016 @ 03:53 PM

The US Open might be over for this tennis season but the individuals with lateral epicondylitis are still consistently appearing on my schedule. Swinging the tennis racket is not the only possible cause of this diagnosis (also known as tennis elbow). As we know, lateral epicondylitis is due to a degenerative process at the poorly vascularized origin of the wrist extensors on the boney prominence at the lateral elbow.

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Scaphoid Fractures - Treatment and Rehabilitation

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Fri, Sep 16,2016 @ 11:59 AM

Scaphoid fractures most often occur in males between the ages of 15 to 30 years old and usually are sustained with wrist hyperextension and radial deviation as a consequence of a fall onto an outstretched hand. Individuals with a scaphoid fracture often present with pain, swelling, decreased range of motion, and tenderness in the anatomic snuffbox.

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3-Point Products Exhibits at the 39th ASHT Annual Meeting

Posted by Nick Koscielniak on Mon, Sep 12,2016 @ 10:39 AM

3-Point Products is heading to our nation’s capital from September 15 - 17 to exhibit at the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) 39th Annual Meeting. We lucked out this year as Washington, DC is just a short drive up US Route 50 for us.

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PT & OT Treatment for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – Hypermobile Type

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Aug 17,2016 @ 01:06 PM

What is it and What Are the Characteristics?

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (‟EDS”) is a collection of connective tissue disorders, of which the hypermobile type is the most common. Individuals with EDS of the hypermobile type classically present with hyperextensible joints and skin.

People with hypermobile EDS can often extend their fingers back greater than 90 degrees, place the thumb on the volar forearm, hyperextend the knees and elbows greater than 10 degrees, and place their palms flat on the floor with the knees fully extended.

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Compression Gloves- What Symptoms Do They Treat?

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Tue, Jul 26,2016 @ 12:10 PM

In clinical practice as a certified hand therapist, I often recommend use of a compression glove for individuals presenting with the appropriate symptoms. Anecdotally, these individuals report improvement in symptoms (often pain, swelling, and stiffness), but it is important to understand the mechanism of the compression glove and the evidence on appropriate candidates for this treatment intervention.

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Orthoses to Treat PIP Joint Contractures

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Tue, Jul 19,2016 @ 04:12 PM

Proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint flexion contractures, or loss of extension at the middle joint of the finger, can occur after injury, disease and surgery and can interfere with the functional use of the hand. Loss of extension at the PIP joint can cause difficulty reaching into your pocket or may interfere with opening your hand to grab a glass of water.

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Scar Massage Following Hand Surgery

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Jun 22,2016 @ 02:11 PM

Hand surgeons carefully plan their incisions for surgery and recommend therapy protocols following surgical interventions to prevent abundant scar formation. While some scarring is a necessity for closure of a surgical wound, too much scarring or thick, hypertrophic scarring may cause loss of motion and sensitivity.

For example, a trigger finger release procedure allows the tendon to glide more easily through the A1 pulley area, however adherent scarring at this surgical site can impede the glide of the flexor tendon.

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Mallet Finger - What's new in clinical protocol?

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Jun 08,2016 @ 04:02 PM

If you ask 10 different hand therapist how they treat mallet finger injuries, you may just get 10 variations on an answer that is ultimately some form of immobilization of the involved distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint. Systematic review of the studies on conservatively treated mallet finger injuries is not able to identify which orthosis is most optimal and what the most appropriate wear time is, and therefore recommends that the orthotic material choice should be based on the treatment provider’s comfort and the patient’s lifestyle and concerns.

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Summertime and Raynaud's Phenomenon

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Mon, May 23,2016 @ 12:29 PM

For those with Raynaud’s Phenomenon, warm summer temperatures can provide relief for many. Despite rising summer temperatures, air conditioning and cool evenings can cause 5-30% of people to still have to consider the cold.

Raynaud’s phenomenon is characterized by an excessive temporary vasoconstriction that commonly occurs in the fingers and is often triggered by cold temperatures or a stressful situation.  The symptoms of Raynaud’s include pain in the affected region, discoloration, and the sensation of cold and/or numbness.

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