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Using 3D Printers for Affordable Prosthetic Solutions

Posted on by Shirley Katz, OTR/L, CHT

As therapists, we often treat patients using our repertoire of exercises, but occasionally, we are presented with a mega challenge. It’s important at these times to think outside the box and challenge ourselves to tap into outside resources and use cutting-edge technologies available. I’m excited to share with you how I’ve been able to help one of my patients with the help of my community and advanced technology. Warning: This content contains sensitive imagery.

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3 Common Winter Sports Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Posted on by J. Cory Silver, PT, DPT, VRT, CAFS, 3DMAPS

“Hold my coffee.” Don’t let these be your famous last words before getting injured. Winter sports are amazing to watch; skiers and snowboarders traveling at high velocities and defying gravity when launching off jumps the size of houses. Figure skaters effortlessly glide, edge, and spin. All activities have risks, but the variables involved in winter sports can be out of our control, unfamiliar, and have higher stakes than what we are used to. This blog will cover tips, strategies, and more to keep you on the slopes and rink and out of the emergency room this winter.

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What is Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome?

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

Most people have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, a wrist and hand condition that causes tingling, numbness, and pain from nerve compression in the wrist and fingers. Still, there is also has a lesser-known condition, ulnar tunnel syndrome, which can have similar symptoms. Ulnar tunnel syndrome is when the ulnar nerve is compressed as it enters the wrist between two bones of the wrist. Compression of the ulnar nerve can also occur at the elbow and cause the same symptoms. Most people have probably experienced the not-so-funny occurrence of when the “funny bone” is bumped. In reality, this is when the ulnar nerve is quickly compressed on the humerus bone, and if you’ve had this happen, you may experience shooting pain, tingling, and numbness.

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What’s this Bump on My Wrist?

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

If you experience a lump on your wrist, it may seem very concerning. More than likely however, there is little need for concern. The potential cause of the lump on your wrist is something called a ganglion cyst. In this blog, we’ll discuss what a ganglion cyst is and what it isn’t, who it affects, and how it can be treated.

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The Orthopedic Growing Pains of Parenting

Posted on by Erik Krol, MOT, OTR/L

Have you ever paid attention to the amount of times you lift or handle your newborn child or toddler throughout the day? As a parent of two growing children under the age of two, I could not help but notice (and feel the effects of) the physical demands of my kids. The bulky-but-useful changing stations, running strollers, ergo-carriers, standing towers, and bassinets all require lifting and/or carrying the child while assisting them into some (not always desired but necessary) positions. You do what you must as parents, but how exactly are you getting the job done and at what orthopedic cost? Here is a list of some common overuse injuries as well as a few tips that may prevent them with just a few seconds of extra thought and planning!

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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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Wrist Pain in Tumbling Athletes

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

Tumbling athletes, including gymnasts and cheerleaders, place unique demands on their upper body. When tumbling, the athlete places not only their entire body weight through the hands but can have up to 16 times their body weight in force going across the wrist.1 Due to these extreme conditions, pain in the wrist can occur.

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Preventing Wrist Pain When Nursing

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

After the mental and physical changes brought on by pregnancy, the last thing that a new mother wants to experience is pain in her wrists and hands from nursing or feeding her newborn baby. Getting an infant to latch on can be hard enough under normal conditions, and yet the feeling of “pins and needles” or wrist pain, can makes things even more difficult.

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