CMCcare Thumb Brace: Videos for Health Care Professionals

Posted by Julie Belkin on Mon, May 14,2018 @ 02:22 PM

The CMCcare Thumb Brace by Basko Healthcare contours around the first metacarpal to stabilize the CMC joint and restore proper alignment of the thumb for improved function and pain-free motion. The careful design eliminates pressure in the web space and leaves the ulnar border of the hand free for function. 

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Orthotic Management Of The Distal Radioulnar Joint (DRUJ)

Posted by Julie Belkin on Fri, May 04,2018 @ 12:55 PM

The Problem

How to restore the rhythm of the radius and ulnar without constraining motion

Loss of TFC integrity leads to instability of the DRUJ disrupting the rhythm of the radius as it travels around the ulnar styloid. This blog describes how a properly designed orthosis can be employed to restore stability without disrupting the rhythm of the rotating radius.

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Lateral Epicondylitis: Treatment Options for an Aggravating Diagnosis

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Fri, Apr 13,2018 @ 06:37 AM

Clients with lateral epicondylitis (also known as tennis elbow) consistently appear on my schedule. As therapists, we know that swinging the tennis racket is not the only possible cause of this diagnosis. Lateral epicondylitis is due to a degenerative process at the poorly vascularized origin of the wrist extensors on the boney prominence at the lateral elbow. It is often contributed to over use of the wrist extensors. Individuals with this diagnosis often describe pain at the lateral elbow that is persistent, very uncomfortable and limiting.

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Distal Radius Wrist Fractures: Tips for Rehabilitation

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Fri, Mar 09,2018 @ 10:25 AM

Even though Spring is officially around the corner, many parts of the country are still experiencing winter storms. Snowy and icy conditions often lead to wrist fractures caused by a fall on an outstretched hand (FOOSH). There are a few tricks to the trade to effectively rehab these mishaps.

The 3pp Wrist Wrap  and the 3pp Wrist POP are examples of supports that can help individuals recover from wrist pain related to strains and sprains, post-operative, or post casting after a FOOSH.

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Comfort Cool or Design Line- A Comparison of Thumb Arthritis Splints

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Feb 07,2018 @ 11:33 AM

Osteoarthritis (OA) at the base of the thumb is a common diagnosis among older individuals.  Research suggests that 26.2% of women and 13.4 % of men age 71-100 years old have symptoms of this diagnosis and that approximately 70% of community dwelling individuals with hand pain have OA at the base of the thumb as well.

An orthosis is a common intervention used in hand therapy to treat symptoms of this diagnosis. Studies have consistently found that using an orthosis helps to decrease pain and improve function for individuals with arthritis at the base of the thumb.
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The Osteoarthritic Thumb - Zigzag Deformity

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, Jan 10,2018 @ 01:16 PM

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 socks).

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Treating CMC Joint Arthritis - Collapse Deformities of the Thumb

Posted by Julie Belkin on Fri, Dec 08,2017 @ 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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Comparison of Braces for Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Thu, Sep 21,2017 @ 07:03 AM

Pain associated with lateral or medial epicondylitis (also known as tennis and golfer’s elbow respectively) is common and can interfere with functional use of the involved extremity. According to research study, an elbow brace or wrist orthosis can assist with decreasing pain and increasing function for this diagnosis. The following table provides information for comparison of commonly used braces and splints to treat the symptoms associated with lateral or medial epicondylitis.

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Ulnar-Sided Wrist Pain: Lunotriquetral Dissociation

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Thu, Sep 14,2017 @ 12:08 PM

Anatomy

The lunate and the triquetrum make up the ulnar side of the proximal carpal row at the wrist. Ligaments, particularly the lunotriquetral (LT) ligament, provide support to this joint. This ligament is horse-shoe or c-shaped and contains a volar, dorsal and proximal component.

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Ulnar Sided Wrist Pain: Comparison of 4 Splints

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Thu, Sep 07,2017 @ 12:39 PM

With improved imaging techniques and diagnostics, ulnar sided wrist pain has become a better understood and diagnosed disorder. There are several products on the market to assist with decreasing symptoms from ulnar sided wrist pain. The following is information on four splints that are  clinically useful for individuals presenting with an ulnar sided wrist pain diagnosis. Due to the complexity of this diagnosis, trying more than one splint may be necessary to achieve optimal support and comfort. 

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