TFCC Ulnar Sided Wrist Pain - Anatomy, Diagnosis & Treatment

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Thu, Jun 22,2017 @ 10:26 AM

Anatomy

The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is a complicated component of the wrist comprised of several ligaments, an articular disc, a meniscus homolog and the sheath for one of the extensor tendons that crosses the ulnar wrist.
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Treating Inflammation In Your Patients’ Hands

Posted by Jennifer Curtis on Thu, Jun 15,2017 @ 01:30 PM

You can’t open up a professional journal without seeing clinical evidence of the effects of inflammation 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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Ulnar-Sided Wrist Pain: Midcarpal Instability

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Tue, May 09,2017 @ 12:32 PM

Anatomy

The carpal bones of the wrist make 2 rows of bones, the proximal and distal carpal row. Midcarpal instability (MCI) is related to lack of ligament support between the proximal carpal row and the midcarpal joint (between the 2 rows of bones). Midcarpal instability is most often of palmar type, but can also be considered dorsal or extrinsic depending on the specific ligament(s) involved in causing the instability.
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Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery - Endoscopic vs Mini Open

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Mon, May 01,2017 @ 12:22 PM

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common nerve compression and at any one point in time it impacts 3% of the population.  Surgery for a carpal tunnel release is considered a gold standard in treatment and is performed when symptoms are severe enough to warrant surgical intervention. There are two main categories for types of carpal tunnel releases at this point in time.

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Assessing Ulnar Carpal Instability

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Fri, Apr 07,2017 @ 01:51 PM

Instability in the ulnar carpal wrist may present with pain, swelling, and tenderness in the ulnar aspect of the wrist. Instability due to weakened or rupture ligaments, can occur between the ulna and the carpus, the lunate-triquetral joint, and/or the triquetrohamate joint. The following describes a few important assessments to assist clinical evaluation of ulnar sided wrist pain when the symptoms are suspected to be related to ulnar carpal instability.

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A Glimpse Into the Philadelphia Hand Conference 2017

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Fri, Mar 24,2017 @ 03:02 PM

This year the Philly Hand Show was once again packed with educational sessions, a variety of vendors with many helpful products and most importantly, great hand therapy wisdom allowing all attendees to leave with some valuable clinical techniques. The following are just a few of the take home messages gained from the meeting.

The Ulnar Wrist

Dr. Sanjeev Kakar did an informative presentation in which he seemed to be able to simplify the ever complicated ulnar side wrist pain.

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

Posted by Jennifer Curtis on Fri, Mar 10,2017 @ 01:28 PM

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 for your patients. Oval-8's 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 Low Level Lasers for Hand Therapy Treatments

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Thu, Mar 02,2017 @ 07:02 AM

In the last blog,the purpose of low level laser as decreasing pain or inflammation, promoting healing of wounds, tissues, and nerves, and preventing tissue damage was discussed. In hand therapy, physical and occupational therapists use evidence-based treatments to assist with addressing symptoms that impact functional use of the hands and upper extremities.

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What is Low Level Laser Therapy?

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Feb 22,2017 @ 03:46 PM

What is low level laser therapy?

Low level laser therapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses laser light at low levels or near-infrared light. The light is applied to the surface skin of the body with the intentions of decreasing pain or inflammation, promoting healing of wounds, tissues, and nerves, or for preventing tissue damage. This is much different than the high level lasers that we know for surgical procedures to cut and destroy unhealthy tissue.

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Adjusting Oval-8 Splints: A Video Guide for Health Care Providers

Posted by Nick Koscielniak on Thu, Feb 09,2017 @ 07:40 AM


With a total of 28 sizes, it's rare not to find the perfect fit for your patient's Oval-8 finger splints.While each of the 14 Oval-8 splints fits two sizes with a simple turn of the splint, occasionally they may need to be adjusted to fine tune the size or alter the angle or length. For those times when the length may not be just right or you want to hold the joint at a slight angle, custom fitting an Oval-8 takes only seconds.
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