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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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Night Time Orthosis Use

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

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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April is National Occupational Therapy Month!

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

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

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Mon, Mar 14,2016 @ 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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