Category Archive: Occupational/Hand Therapy

Mallet Finger: A Common Sports Injury

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From a high level competition to a weekend pick-up game, any athlete can experience a hand injury.  Bumping, jamming, crushing, or cutting the backside of the finger near the tip, can cause a tendon injury known as a mallet finger.

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Do You Have Golfer’s Elbow? Diagnosis, Treatment, and Recovery

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It’s that time of year again when the links are heating up….and so are complaints of elbow pain.  Many recreational golfers may experience pain on the inside of their elbows after picking up the clubs again this summer.  Some refer to this elbow pain as “golfer’s elbow”.  This condition can be very painful, and even causes some to give up the game.

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Collaborative Treatment: Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists Work Together to Treat One Injury

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How patients benefit from working with a Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist

Do you have shoulder, elbow or hand pain that has been lingering and now hurts more? Have you been experiencing discomfort in your hands while typing on the computer? Did your doctor make the diagnosis of tendonitis, tennis elbow, trigger finger or golfer’s elbow?  For these healthcare needs and more, Athletico Physical and Occupational/Hand Therapists are able to get you back to doing the things you love.

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Skier’s Thumb

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Skier’s Thumb, Gamekeeper’s Thumb….. Baseball Player’s Thumb? Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries of the Thumb:  An injury for all seasons. (more…)

A Brief Overview of Dupuytren’s Disease

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We take for granted our body’s ability to heal itself by laying down scar tissue.  When we have a paper cut, we can simply clean the wound and a week later, there is little evidence of the original injury, as our body creates and lays down connective tissue to close the wound.  (more…)

Trigger Finger: Not for Target Practice

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As we age, a little morning stiffness in the fingers may be a typical start to the day and opening and closing the fingers can quickly restore normal motion.  When this stiffness causes a finger to lock in a bent position when making a fist, it can be much more painful to extend finger and is a condition that may require additional medical attention. (more…)

Cubital Tunnel: The “Other” Tunnel

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“Just one more page.”  One minute you’re being pulled into a great mystery novel and the next thing…your fingers are tingling.  Shaking out your hand and moving your elbow in and out seem to return your fingers to normal but a few pages later, the tingling returns, especially in the small finger.  Perhaps your first thought is, “Carpal tunnel syndrome.”  A quick Internet search only causes more confusion.  You might have cubital tunnel syndrome. (more…)

Tips for Choosing a Good Physical Therapist

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For a person who has never attended physical therapy, the first time can bring many questions.  One question I hear or have been asked in the past is how do I choose a good physical therapist? Although there are no hard or fast rules when it comes to picking a physical therapist below are some suggestions that may assist you in your search.

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iPad Wrist: DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis in the 21st Century

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Another night browsing the web on my iPad – Another night of wrist pain. I look down to see my hand cocked in some nightmarish position that couldn’t have possibly existed before five or six years ago. Yikes! I am a Certified Hand Therapist. I know better. (more…)

5 Upper Extremity Overuse Injuries in Growing Athletes

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Young athletes today are often practicing three to four hours a day, four to five times per week.  Weekends are often spent competing hours at a time. As intensity of sport participation has increased so has the injury level of the upper extremities. Understanding that kids are not little adults and respecting the growing body is key to staying in the game. The good news is that focus on how to prevent overuse injury in sports for growing athletes is also on the rise. Listed below are 5 common upper extremity overuse injuries in young athletes and ways to help prevent these injuries. (more…)

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