3 Splints For Ulnar Deviation

Posted on Thu, May 21,2015 @ 02:33 PM

The primary cause of Ulnar Deviation of the Metacarpal Phalangeal joints (MP) of the fingers, a chronic, irreversible condition, is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The MP joints are a primary site of rheumatoid deformities due to several anatomical and biomechanical factors. Chief amongst the factors are:

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Tags: Ulnar Deviation

Using Thumb Splints to Treat De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

Posted on Fri, May 15,2015 @ 10:13 AM

Patients with de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis may complain of a swollen thumb and radial-sided wrist pain. The pain may become worse, and may radiate up the thumb or forearm, during activities that require abduction or flexion of the thumb, including playing tennis or golf, knitting, gardening, painting, and picking up a baby.

In most cases, de Quervain’s is caused by overuse or repetitive stress, although the condition may develop for unknown reasons.

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Tags: de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis, Thumb splints

Treating Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) Hypermobility

Posted on Fri, May 08,2015 @ 10:33 AM


Hypermobility, hypereleasticity, fragile skin, and poor healing are the hallmark of a rare group of genetic disorders collectively called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). There are six major forms of EDS, all of which affect the joints and skin. The most common form of EDS is the hypermobility type (previously called Type III). These patients may have been incorrectly deemed “double-jointed;” however, the condition is far from benign as patients are plagued by excessive joint mobility, instability and dislocation, and chronic pain.

To date, there is no specific gene test for the hypermobility type (as there is for type 1 or Classical EDS). There is no cure for EDS but it can be managed with lifestyle changes, physical and occupational therapy, NSAIDs, and splinting.

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Tags: Oval-8 finger splint, Ehlers-danlos syndrome, hypermobility

Using an Oval-8 to treat a Trigger Finger or Trigger Thumb

Posted on Thu, Apr 23,2015 @ 09:42 AM

Trigger Finger and Trigger Thumb are common causes of hand pain and disability. Enlargement, thickening, or inflammation of the flexor tendon along the distal aspect of the palm, inhibit normal tendon gliding within the tendon sheath, causing the finger to “stick” when flexed and “trigger” when pulled into extension.

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Tags: Oval-8 finger splint, Trigger finger, Trigger thumb

How to Use the Oval-8 Sizing Set to Size Your Patients

Posted on Thu, Apr 16,2015 @ 11:06 AM

Oval-8 Finger Splints provide a highly effective finger orthosis that stabilizes or limits finger joint motion to treat several conditions with a simple turn of the splint. The Oval-8 is uncomplicated, inexpensive, and often provides immediate relief to patients. Oval-8s come in a variety of sizes, and may be worn differently, to ease pain and correct problems associated with many conditions including, but not limited to:

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Using a 3pp Toe Loop to Treat a Jammed or Broken Toe

Posted on Tue, Apr 07,2015 @ 02:31 PM

Buddy taping is an easy effective treatment for your patient’s stubbed, jammed, hyperextended, hyperflexed, hyperabducted, broken, or “turfed” toe? Proper buddy taping – taping the healthy toe next to the injured toe and taping the two together- helps prevent movement of the injured toe during the healing stage of rehabilitation.

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Tags: toe loop, 3pp toe loop, fracture - toe

Using a 3pp Carpal Lift NP for TFCC Injuries or Tears

Posted on Tue, Mar 24,2015 @ 03:23 PM

The Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) is a group of ligaments and cartilage on the ulnar side of the hand. The TFCC ligaments attach the cartilage to the small wrist bones which also suspend the ends of the two forearm bones, the ulna and the radius.

TFCC problems can be caused by a fall on an outstretched hand (a "FOOSH") or simply degeneration from overuse or the aging process.
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Tags: TFCC, carpal lift np

Treating Inflammation In Your Patients’ Hands

Posted on Thu, Mar 12,2015 @ 01:04 PM

It seems like everyone is talking about inflammation these days. You can’t open up a professional journal without seeing clinical evidence of its effect on the human body:

  • Brain inflammation has been linked to clinical depression.
  • New evidence links inflammation with hypertension.
  • Inflammation resulting from obesity is likely the root cause of diabetes.

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Tags: Treatment options, Inflammation

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis - What’s new about an old condition?

Posted on Wed, Feb 25,2015 @ 12:43 PM

Recently, you may have been hearing about a new test for de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis. This test applies stress to the abductor pollicis longus (APL) and extensor pollicis brevis (EPB) tendons without stressing the thumb and wrist joints.

Along with this potential new testing standard for de Quervain’s, the terminology used to describe the condition is also being reconsidered.
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Tags: de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis, Thumb splints

Treating Swan Neck Deformity with Oval-8 Finger Splints

Posted on Thu, Feb 12,2015 @ 11:35 AM

At first glance, diagnosing Swan Neck Deformity seems like a "no brainer". You have visual confirmation of hyperextension of the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint and flexion of the distal interphalangeal (DIP). The finger is contorted into the shape of a swan neck. And, your patient has Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

Yes. Swan Neck Deformity does show up in about half of all RA patients; but, there are a surprising number of other causes, including

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Tags: Treatment options, Oval-8 finger splint, Swan-neck deformity


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