Choosing a Splint – Which One Is Right for You?

Oh My Arthritis Thumb Splints

When you hurt, you want to feel better- quickly! If you have arthritis, golfer’s elbow, hammertoes, trigger thumb or other health conditions or injuries, you may need a splint to decrease your pain, improve your function, and help speed up the healing process. But, how do you pick the right level of support for your condition? Most splints are designed …

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Helpful Tips For Healthy Joints

walking for healthy joints

Your joints are important connections between your bones! They enable your body to move, bend, turn, flex, and twist. As you age, your joints age, too. The cartilage and fluid (which acts like motor oil to lube up the joints) can degenerate leaving you without cushioning between your bones. This loss of cartilage and fluid can lead to arthritis, grinding …

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Do I Have a Mallet Thumb?

Hurt Thumb

Even if you don’t play a sport, you can still sustain an injury called mallet thumb. Besides catching a baseball or basketball with the tip of your thumb, banging it against a counter or shutting it in a drawer can also cause mallet thumb. While mallet finger is considered to be one of the most common finger injuries—a mallet thumb …

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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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