Earlier months in the year have come and gone, and the routines of the cold weather months may be changing. Increased daylight hours have allowed for more time outdoors, participating in leisure and work. As the events that consume our free time begin to change, the physical demands on our bodies, specifically our hands, ought to be thought about and considered to prevent injury.
Knuckle cracking or popping is a habit that many people develop, despite being told it could cause arthritis or harm, but is that really accurate? Long story short, no it does not cause damage in a healthy person. Many start cracking their knuckles as a nervous habit, tick, restlessness, or they’ve noticed the looser feeling in their joints.
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.
Co-author: Sofia Monarrez
Fall season is here! Sweater weather, crisp and chilly mornings, colorful foliage, and pumpkin flavored everything are just a few reasons to love autumn. But as you reach for your leaf rake or start cooking your favorite fall foods, let’s make sure you are protecting the joints in your hands while you make the most of the season.
Changes in the weather often create noticeable joint changes for individuals with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Studies show that lower temperatures, precipitation (snow, sleet, etc.) and decreased barometric pressure are correlated with increased joint pain.
Smartphones and tablets are likely to be a top gift this holiday season. While most people will be excited to unwrap these gadgets so they can start texting and downloading apps, they should also be aware of tech-related injuries that can occur with the use of these devices.
For many, Thanksgiving dinner is the largest and most complicated meal produced all year.
Although I’ve been enjoying the spoils of the Thanksgiving meal for years, only recently have I been hosting the holiday for my family. This has helped me realize how physically challenging and laborious it is to cook a meal of this proportion. As a Certified Hand Therapist and aspiring home cook, I wanted to pass on a few tips for protecting our hands during this time of year.
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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.