Great Holiday Gift Ideas for People with Arthritis

gifts for people with arthritis

Buying the perfect gift can be challenging, especially when it’s for someone dealing with achy body parts and the pain that arthritis can cause. Here are a few holiday gift ideas for people with arthritis.

Think warmth for soothing joints and cold for reducing inflammation

A quick heating paraffin bath is a wonderfully relaxing way to ease achy joints …

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Protect Your Hands This Thanksgiving –Turkey Carving Tips

turkey carving tips

This Thanksgiving, ensure that the worst pain you endure is from indigestion, your football team’s loss, or perhaps a family squabble.  Each year, a surprising number of people make unexpected visits to the Emergency Room after a mishap with a turkey. (Carving accidents are one of the top five most common injuries on Thanksgiving). So how do you protect your …

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My Feet Hurt – Orthotics for Your Foot Pain

my feet hurt orhtotics for foot pain

Foot pain is no laughing matter! And for adults and especially for those with arthritis it is very common.  Although “barking dogs” are a common problem, there is no need to suffer. If you find yourself repeatedly saying my feet hurt – orthotics for your foot pain may help.

Orthotics, also known as insoles, are molded pieces of rubber, leather, …

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My Wrist Hurts – Common Causes of Wrist Pain

common causes of wrist pain

Sometimes you know exactly why your wrist hurts—you fell and used your hand to brace for impact. And sometimes you don’t know. If your wrist pain comes on more gradually, you may be wondering why? There are several potential reasons, but before we discuss the common causes of wrist pain, let’s take a quick look at the anatomy of your …

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Tips for Carving your Halloween Pumpkin Safely – Protect Your Hands

safely carving your pumpkin

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

tips to manage raynauds ayndrome

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?

cubital tunnel syndrome

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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