Tips for Carving your Halloween Pumpkin Safely – Protect Your Hands

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Here’s a scary statistic. One that you may be surprised to learn has nothing to do with trick or treating. A recent Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) study shows that the most likely cause of ER visits on Halloween and the day after are finger and hand injuries. Cuts to the palms or fingers deep enough to cause …

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5 Ways to Relieve Carpal Tunnel Pain at Work

Cindy Wrist Splint for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. That wrist pain and annoying numbness and tingling sensation that can be felt in your thumb, index and middle fingers; that weakness in your hands that makes it difficult to grab your cup of coffee or uncomfortable to type on your keyboard, especially in the mornings.  If you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome(CTS) you understand first-hand the discomfort …

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Tips to Help Manage Your Raynaud’s

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Every fall, when the weather hit 60 degrees or colder, my dad would start wearing winter gloves. If he didn’t, the ends of his fingers changed colors, turned white or blue, and felt like ice. His fingers became so cold that he had trouble moving them. My dad had Raynaud’s Phenomenon (also called Raynaud’s Syndrome). Those living with Raynaud’s disease …

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Buddy Taping or 3pp Toe Loops- Which Works Better for your Hurt Toe?

buddy taping broken toe

Are you limping because you stubbed, jammed, dropped something heavy, or broke your toe?  One of the most effective treatments for a hurt toe is buddy taping. So if you’ve injured your toe, it’s likely that your healthcare provider sent you to your local drugstore to get adhesive tape, gauze or bandages to tape your toes together.

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What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

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You likely have heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, especially if you have felt the pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in your thumb, first and middle fingers. You may not be as familiar with its cousin, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, which causes the same host of symptoms, but in your ring and little fingers. So what is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Cubital Tunnel …

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Do I Need to See a Hand Therapist?

Hand Therapist

Do you need to get a grip, literally? If you are recovering from a thumb injury or a broken finger or have trouble gripping, pinching or grasping due to arthritis; this lack of mobility and pain can interfere with your everyday activities. You may be asking yourself, “do I need to see a hand therapist?”.

Most of us are familiar …

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What Can Help My Arthritis? Fact and Fiction

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Cold weather helps my arthritis. When I eat raisins soaked in gin, I feel better. Slurping a sip of cider vinegar helps with my pain. If you suffer from arthritis, no doubt you’ve heard some of these statements. As with many conditions, searching for successful ways to deal with arthritis through mainstream and alternative methods is very common. If you’re …

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Is Plantar Fasciitis More Common in the Summer?

Plantar fasciitis and summer

The weather is warm. The flowers are blooming. Your outdoor activities have increased. And, ouch, the bottom of your foot really hurts! That pain could be Plantar Fasciitis  – inflammation and stress of the plantar fascia.(The ligament that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your toes and heel bone.) Plantar fasciitis (PF) is one of the most …

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Why Do I Keep Dropping Things? Hand Weakness

hand weakness dropping things

Are you having trouble holding onto things?  Do you find yourself constantly dropping your keys, or do you have difficulty holding onto your coffee cup or maybe the fork you pull from your drawer keeps slipping out of your hands.  While you might just be clumsy, you may also have a condition that is affecting your grip.  We’ve outlined 3 …

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How Long Do I Need To Wear My Thumb Brace?

mueller thumb stabilizer

You hurt your thumb and your health care provider or emergency room issued you a splint to keep you from moving it. Yes, it’s frustrating. You’re so compliant. You’ve followed your doctor’s orders and worn your thumb splint every day for an entire week.  And your thumb still hurts!  You’re probably now asking yourself — how long do I need …

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