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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Addressing Wounds from a Snow Blower Injury

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Feb 03,2016 @ 03:10 PM

The recent blizzard of 2016, dumped snow on many eastern states extending from New York to the Carolinas. Eleven states declared a state of emergency and many affected by the storm reported between two and three feet of snow. Cleanup of snow in this amount often occurs using snow blowers. Unfortunately, snow blowers injure many and often cause devastating hand injuries.

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New Look For Oh My Arthritis

Posted by Ginny Wolfe on Fri, Jan 29,2016 @ 03:39 PM

After many months of hard work, we are delighted to share that we have launched our new and improved online retail site! We are very excited about the new look and hope you and your patients will be too.

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Thumb Deformity: Treating Thenar Wasting With a Splint

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Dec 16,2015 @ 12:52 PM

Along with a more common thumb deformity caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, thumb deformities can also be a result of thenar wasting, caused by median nerve injury or compression.

What causes the deformity?

The median nerve innervates the opponens pollicis (OP) and abductor pollicis brevis (APB). These two muscles make up most of the bulk of the thenar eminence and allow the thumb to perform palmar abduction (thumb opening away from the palm) and rotation for pad to pad prehension.

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How to Manage a Thumb Deformity from Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Fri, Dec 04,2015 @ 10:35 AM

What causes deformity in the rheumatoid thumb?  

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a destructive inflammatory disease that impacts soft tissue. This disease commonly involves the thumb and causes deformities to the thumb through tendon rupture or tendon subluxation and the abnormal stretching of ligaments and other joint structures.

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The Osteoarthritic Thumb - Zigzag Deformity

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Nov 18,2015 @ 11:20 AM

Osteoarthritis (OA), or the degeneration of a joint, commonly occurs at the base of the thumb. OA at this joint is diagnosed with conventional radiographs (x-rays), but often can be recognized based on symptoms. Symptoms occur predominantly with pain at the base of the thumb, especially when performing tasks that require a pinch (i.e. pulling on your socks).

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Announcing an Improved Design for the 3pp Side Step Splint

Posted by Nick Koscielniak on Thu, Oct 22,2015 @ 11:46 AM

We are excited to announce an improved design of the 3pp® Side Step™ Splint for easier application. We have replaced the strap that wraps around the desired IP joint with a loop strap. This allows the wearer to easily apply the strap around the IP joint without the need to apply an adhesive hook receptor to the wire frame.

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TMC Arthrosis - What's the Best Splint To Treat the Symptoms?

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Mon, Sep 21,2015 @ 03:56 PM

Arthritis at the base of the thumb (formerly known as CMC Arthritis -now commonly referred to as trapeziometacarpal or TMC Arthrosis) is a common problem. In fact, TMC arthrosis has been found to be symptomatic in 26.2% of women and 13.2% of men age 71-100.

The symptoms of TMC arthrosis can negatively impact both functional and occupational performance, often making it necessary for the involvement of physical and occupational therapists.

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Prevention and Treatment of Adherent Scars

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Thu, Aug 20,2015 @ 12:56 PM

Scarring is a normal response to soft tissue injury in which fibrous collagen tissue replaces pre-injury skin and surrounding tissue. Scar tissue begins as weak crosslinks across a wound, but remodels and strengthens especially with tension from neighboring skin.  At times the scarring process is uneventful, but scarring can also work like a type of glue causing adherence of structures under the superficial scar that results in

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DIP Joint Osteoarthritis: How to Treat this Common Form of Arthritis

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Jul 29,2015 @ 12:21 PM

The distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint is actually the most common location in the body for osteoarthritis (OA). In fact, according to a study evaluating the frequency of hand arthritis, OA at the DIP joint occurs in approximately 58% of individuals age 60 years and older. Family history, age, a history of heavy manual labor, joint laxity, smoking, and increased weight are all identified as contributors to this disease.

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