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What’s The Difference between Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Posted on by Shelia M. Tenny, OTR/L, CHT

Arthritis is a common condition of the joints, which leads to pain, stiffness, swelling, and inflammation due to changing joint surfaces. According to the CDC, 23% of adults have arthritis, and nearly half of those are limited in their activity due to arthritis. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this blog we’ll discuss the difference between these two forms of arthritis as well as recommendations for treatment options.

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Thrower’s Shoulder: Somewhere Between a Flexible and Stable Place

Posted on by Erik Krol, MOT, OTR/L

The start of the spring season means that it is finally time for many athletes to implement off-season drills, workouts, and preparation for competition. For baseball players and other throwing athletes, especially pitchers, this means a lot of throwing.

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Injuries Virtual Physical and Occupational Therapy Can Treat

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been proud to offer a service to reach patients who aren’t physically in an Athletico clinic. Telehealth is a virtual means to receive physical or occupational therapy from your living room, basement or other comfortable area in your home. Patients work with a licensed physical or occupational therapist via a secure video call to establish a comprehensive therapy plan of care.

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Living with Arthritis: Tips & Tricks for Healthy Hands

Posted on by Shelia M. Tenny, OTR/L, CHT

Arthritis in the hands can limit everyday activities, but it doesn’t have to! Most Americans are not aware that there are other options to alleviate symptoms, or ways to adapt activities, to continue work, self-care and leisure activities. In this blog our Hand Therapy experts will discuss strategies, tools and splints that can keep your hands healthy and assist in daily activities.

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What to Expect from a Virtual Physical or Occupational Therapy Appointment

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.

Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Athletico is proud to be able to support our patients who wish to start or continue their physical or occupational therapy in a setting other than our clinics. Telehealth is a virtual means to receive physical or occupational therapy from your living room, basement or another comfortable area within your home. Patients work with a licensed physical or occupational therapist via video call to establish a comprehensive therapy plan of care.

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The Importance of Physical/Occupational Therapy after a Crush Injury

Posted on by Rose M. Heacock-Smith, MOT, OTR/L

Accidents can happen in a matter of seconds and can be devastating. Worker’s compensation accidents are no different. However, a crush injury is one of the more traumatic worker’s compensation accidents. A crush injury occurs when force or pressure is put on a body part. This type of injury most often happens when a part of the body is squeezed between two heavy objects.

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What is Skier’s Thumb?

Posted on by Shelia M. Tenny, OTR/L, CHT

The stability of the human hand relies on the ligaments to stabilize both the thumb and fingers. An injury to these structures can greatly affect the ability to grip, write and impair the functional use of the hand for everyday tasks such as fastening clothing, opening containers and performing daily tasks at home, work or for leisure. An injury to the ligament between the two bones on the interior side of the thumb is often referred to as Skier’s thumb. The term Skier’s thumb originates in the event a skier tries to brace from a fall and lands on an outstretched hand and thumb, while holding on to a ski pole. This causes the thumb to bend sideways, causing a sprain or even a tear in the Ulnar Collateral Ligament, or UCL of the thumb.

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Hand Therapist Approved Work from Home Stretches

Posted on by Shelia M. Tenny, OTR/L, CHT

Co-author: Nicole Kertz, OTS

With more people working from home in the New Year due to COVID-19, there has been an increase in work related injuries. You don’t have to be a heavy manufacturing or construction worker to have work related injuries. Oftentimes, repetitive motions, staying in the same position, and poor posture can cause work related injuries. Desk jobs for example, consist of staying in the same, often seated, position with repetitive motions like typing.

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