Treating Swan Neck Deformity with Oval-8 Finger Splints

Posted by Jennifer Curtis on Thu, Apr 28,2022 @ 11:35 AM

Causes of Swan Neck Deformity

At first glance, diagnosing Swan Neck Deformity seems like a "no brainer". You have visual confirmation of hyperextension of the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint and flexion of the distal interphalangeal (DIP). The finger is contorted into the shape of a swan neck. And, your patient has Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

Yes. Swan Neck Deformity does show up in about half of all RA patients; but, there are a surprising number of other causes, including Cerebral Palsy, Lupus, Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Marfans, post-traumatic flexor tendon ruptures and ischemic injuries.

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Splint Immobilization For Treatment of a Scapholunate Ligament Injury

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Tue, Mar 01,2022 @ 02:15 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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Mallet Finger - A Clinical Protocol

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Feb 02,2022 @ 01:43 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,

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Treating CMC Joint Arthritis - Collapse Deformities of the Thumb

Posted by Julie Belkin on Tue, Feb 01,2022 @ 06:58 AM

Collapse deformities of the thumb are all too common in the presence of CMC joint arthritis. The Nalebuff Type III or “intrinsic minus” thumb deformity evidenced by CMC flexion, MP extension or hyperextension and IP flexion is the most common deformity.

This becomes a highly dysfunctional posture over time due to the loss of MCP flexion, web space shortening and thenar muscle atrophy - making moving the thumb away from the palm all but impossible.

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

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Mon, Jan 03,2022 @ 02:02 PM

There are a variety of wrist injuries that can occur from a traumatic fall on an outstretched 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 a health care professional, you may be seeing an increase in referrals for wrist pain from falls this time of year, now may be a good time to review the clinical signs used to find other FOOSH injuries.

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Skier’s Thumb: A Hazard of Hitting the Slopes

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Sun, Jan 02,2022 @ 02:33 PM

As skiing enthusiasts hit the slopes this time of the year, the likelihood of the number of thumb injuries increases. An ulnar collateral ligament injury 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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What's New at 3-Point Products

Posted by Ginny Wolfe on Wed, Mar 24,2021 @ 03:27 PM

Introducing 3pp Clinic Connect

Much has changed in the last year, but it has not changed our commitment to healthcare providers and their patients. We are proud to introduce our NEW 3pp Clinic Connect program to better serve healthcare professionals and offer a new convenient way to Stay informed, Stay updated and Stay connected with 3 Point Products.

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CMCcare Thumb Brace: Videos for Health Care Professionals

Posted by Ginny Wolfe on Fri, Dec 11,2020 @ 01:18 PM

The CMCcare Thumb Brace functional design leaves the ulnar side of the hand free and stabilizes the CMC to allow unimpeded function for excellent patient compliance. 

Features of the CMCcare include:

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TFCC Ulnar Sided Wrist Pain - Anatomy, Diagnosis & Treatment

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Fri, Dec 04,2020 @ 04:00 PM

Anatomy of the Wrist

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. Read More

PT & OT Treatment for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – Hypermobile Type

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Thu, Aug 06,2020 @ 01:40 PM

What is Ehlers Danlos Syndrome 

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is an inherited condition of a collection of connective tissue disorders, of which the hypermobile type is the most common. Individuals with Hypermobile EDS classically present with hyperextensible joints and skin. 

Research statistics on EDS suggest the prevalence of the disorder is 1 in 2,500 to 1 in 5,000, but due to difficulty recognizing and accurately diagnosing the Hypermobility Type, the incidence is suspected to be much greater.

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