What Is Scleroderma?

scleroderma foundation

Unless you have been diagnosed with Scleroderma, or know someone who has, you may have never heard of this condition. Although Scleroderma means “hard skin”, hardening of the skin is just the most visible symptom of this chronic disease.   So what is Scleroderma and what are the symptoms?

What Is Scleroderma?

Affecting over 300,000 Americans, scleroderma is considered to be …

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Physical Therapy- Healing Takes Time and Patience

PT rehabilitation

It might take a nanosecond to injure yourself, but don’t kid yourself. Recovery takes considerably longer. An injury to a muscle, ligament, or bone, or the wearing away of cartilage causes pain, perhaps swelling, and discomfort. You need to repair those body parts to heal. And that means you need time. Healing takes time and patience.

In Physical Therapy, successful …

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Arthritis of the Thumb Is More Common Than You Think

arthritis of the thumb

When you think about arthritis, commonly you think about your knees, hips or even your fingers. You might be surprised to learn though that arthritis of the thumb is more common than you think. As it turns out, the thumb is the most common place for arthritis to occur in the hands.

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What’s Wrong With My Toe ? Hallux Rigidus

Big toe

Since they are way down at our feet, we often take our toes for granted. But, our toes are important- especially our big toe! Without it — standing, walking, running, climbing, and bending down would all be difficult. If your big toe hurts and you find it difficult to bend, you may be asking yourself – what’s wrong with my …

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What’s the Difference Between Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy?

differences between ot and pt

If you are recovering from a surgery or an injury or if a health condition is getting in the way of your daily activities, you may be considering physical therapy, occupational therapy or both. So, what’s the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy? To understand the differences it helps to understand what a Physical Therapist (PT) or Occupational Therapist …

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Tips For Taking Good Care of Your Hands

Taking good care of your hands

Next time you wrap your fingers around a warm mug, pick up a grocery bag, or scoop up some water to wash your face, thank your wonderful hands. Since we use our hands for nearly everything, we often take these anatomical blessings for granted.

Unless, of course, you have arthritis or an injury– then your hands may be painful, swollen, …

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Why the 3pp Elbow Wrap Is Different from Other Elbow Braces?

3pp Elbow Wrap

Here’s a behind the scene look explaining why the 3pp Elbow Wrap is different from other elbow straps designed for treating tennis and golfer’s elbow.

As a therapist specializing in treating upper extremity conditions, I often treated patients with Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and Golfer’s Elbow (medial epicondylitis). While these conditions often could be traced to playing tennis or golf, …

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EDS Hypermobility – Managing the Pain in Your Thumbs and Wrists

EDS Hypermobility

People who believe their fingers, arms or other parts of their body are “double jointed” may not realize they could have a condition known as Ehler Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility.  EDS Hypermobility is a connective tissue disorder in which various parts of the body move beyond what is considered to be normal.

EDS is thought to be a genetic collagen abnormality …

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Simple Hand Exercises to Help Your Arthritis

hand exercises

If you are looking to improve your hand muscle strength and joint range of motion, try these simple hand exercises to help your arthritis. Start slowly doing the exercises several times a week and work up to daily for best results. These hand exercises should not cause pain, but, if you are experiencing challenges, try doing them while soaking your …

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Household Tools that Make Living with Arthritis Easier- Part 2

Gripping Gloves for help with arthritis

There are many products available to make living with arthritis easier. Therapists call them adaptive devices, or ADL’s, which stands for Aids to Daily Living. Some of these products you may have heard of, others you may not have. If you have arthritis, diminished mobility or strength or other health conditions and don’t want to add more stress on your …

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