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.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Night Time Orthosis Use

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, May 11,2016 @ 03:58 PM

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects more than 1.3 million Americans and 1%-3% of women in their lifetime. The wrist and fingers are involved in approximately 75% of cases.  With RA, the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissues affecting the lining of the joints and causing swelling that may eventually result in bone erosion and joint Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects more than 1.3 million Americans and 1%-3% of women in their lifetime. The wrist and fingers are involved in approximately 75% of cases.  

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What’s New with an Old Diagnosis? Exercises for TMC Arthritis

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Apr 27,2016 @ 01:36 PM

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Spring is in the air and we’ll soon be out in the gardens and flower beds pulling up the weeds. This work may help the landscaping look beautiful, but for those with osteoarthritis at the base of the thumb, the force from pinching and pulling at the weeds can leave thumbs hurting. While textbooks and older research studies discuss using an orthosis, paraffin, gentle AROM, and joint protection techniques to address the pain and limited function associated with trapeziometacarpal arthritis (TMC), more recent research studies are shedding light on the potential benefit of stabilization and proprioceptive exercises for this diagnosis.

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April is National Occupational Therapy Month!

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Tue, Apr 19,2016 @ 10:53 AM

Occupational Therapy Month

We celebrate National Occupational Therapy month each April as a time to promote theprofession and to spread the word on the value of occupational therapy services.  Let’stake some time in this blog to remember the history of the profession, talk about the profession today, and think of a few ways to celebrate.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: What Do the Lumbricals Have to Do With It?

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Thu, Mar 24,2016 @ 01:38 PM

At any one point in time, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) affects 3% of the entire population. This figure does not include the individuals who have had CTS in the past and those who will get it in the future. Needless to say, CTS is common and impacts hand function for many individuals. As we know, the carpal tunnel contains the flexor tendons and the median nerve. Of note is the fact that upon finger flexion, there is incursion of the lumbricals in the carpal tunnel and they have been found to have an impact on CTS.

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Wrist Pain after a Fall on an Outstretched Hand (FOOSH)

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Mar 16,2016 @ 01:09 PM

The Hoverboard was one of the hottest gifts last year, resulting in sending many people to the emergency room with wrist and head injuries. There are a variety of wrist injuries that can occur from a traumatic fall on an outstretch hand. These injuries are termed FOOSH (fall on an outstretched hand) injuries. Probably the most well-known FOOSH is a distal radius fracture, which is identified and treated first by a physician. As you may be seeing an increase in referrals for wrist pain due to hoverboard falls, now may be a good time to review the clinical signs used to find other FOOSH injuries.

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What's New at 3-Point Products

Posted by Ginny Wolfe on Fri, Mar 11,2016 @ 11:12 AM

 

3 Point Products will be at the Philadelphia Hand Surgery & Therapy Symposium this weekend, March 12-14th. The Philly Hand Therapy Symposium is attended by health care professionals from disciplines such as Hand Therapists, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, and more.

For those attending, stop by Booth 39/40 to find out WHAT'S NEW at 3-Point Products. We have lots of exciting news to share for both you and your patients.

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Jersey Finger: A Common Contact Sport Injury

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Fri, Mar 04,2016 @ 01:18 PM

Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers is a distant memory for most of us. But it is likely that the Bronco and Panther players might still be trying to mend injuries sustained during their season. During the big game itself, 13 players sustained injuries. Even though jersey finger primarily occurs in football and other contact sports, fortunately none of the Super Bowl injuries involved the hand. However, before training camps and pre-season starts up again this may be a good time to review what jersey finger is and how it's treated.     

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Distal Radius Wrist Fractures: Tips for Rehabilitation

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Thu, Feb 18,2016 @ 03:44 PM

Winter snow and icy conditions often lead to wrist fractures caused by a fall on an outstretched hand (FOOSH). Therapists can expect an increase in referrals to treat wrist fractures after winter storms. There are a few tricks to the trade to effectively rehab these wintertime mishaps.

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Skier’s Thumb: A Hazard of Hitting the Slopes

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Thu, Feb 11,2016 @ 12:59 PM

As winter skiing enthusiasts hit the slopes this time of the year, the likelihood of the number of thumb injuries increases. An injury to the ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb called Skier’s Thumb represents 5-10% of all skiing injuries and has been described as the most frequent injury to the upper extremity experienced by skiers.

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