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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Tags: CMC joint arthritis, TMC Arthrosis

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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Treatment for Mallet Finger

Posted by Nancy Naughton OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Jul 08,2015 @ 10:25 AM

From professional athletes to homemakers, mallet finger, also known as “baseball finger” is a common injury of the finger. A mallet finger injury often occurs from a direct trauma to the tip of an extended finger which causes a disruption of the tendon responsible for extending the distal phalangeal joint (DIPJ). A mallet finger can occur with or without a fracture or bony avulsion

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Splint Immobilization For Treatment of a Scapholunate Ligament Injury

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Thu, Jun 25,2015 @ 04:14 PM

Wrist instability is a common injury treated by many hand therapists. The anatomy of the wrist includes eight carpal bones that, with the combined efforts of the intercarpal ligaments, allow for circumduction of the wrist joint while imparting stability anywhere within the range of motion. An injury to one or several of the ligaments can lead to wrist instability.

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Using a Splint for Treatment of Trigger Finger

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Jun 17,2015 @ 01:14 PM

As we know, trigger finger is a common hand issue that occurs with the locking or triggering of a finger, pain in the middle joint, and tenderness with palpation at the base of the finger. Trigger Finger commonly occurs between the ages of 55 and 60 years old and is said to occur 2-6 times more frequently in women than in men.

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Splinting Options for Treating a Mallet Finger

Posted by Jennifer Curtis on Mon, Jun 08,2015 @ 03:24 PM


Your patient caught the tip of his finger in a drawer and now his fingertip is drooping because the extensor tendon has stretched, pulled away, or torn. The finger can be pushed into extension, but cannot stay straight without support. Mallet Finger, also called Baseball Finger, affects a small area but can become a big problem if left untreated.     

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3 Splints For Ulnar Deviation

Posted by Jennifer Curtis 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:

  • The shape of the metacarpal head allows for a certain degree of motion in an ulnar direction which contributes to the hands ability to create a strong grip.
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