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.
Occupational therapists treat a wide range of work related injuries in the clinic, both traumatic injuries and cumulative trauma disorders. Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs) are the most common injuries seen by hand therapists for the Workers’ Compensation population.
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.
Collaborative Treatment: Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists Work Together to Treat One Injury
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.
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…)
“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…)
Athletico congratulates six staff hand therapists who recently passed the Certified Hand Therapist examination. All have now earned the distinguished mark of the CHT.
The credentials “CHT” distinguish an occupational or physical therapist as someone who has had:
- At least 5 years of clinical experience in their respective field
- 4000 hours or more of direct practice experience in hand therapy
- Successfully completed a comprehensive test of advanced skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation.
Athletico’s Certified Hand Therapists have earned the highest professional credential in this specialty area. Successful outcomes depend on the highest level of competency and advanced knowledge and skills. Athletico is pleased to offer the highest quality and most advanced hand therapy to patients.
Athletico offers hand therapy at over 100 locations.
Congratulations to these newly credentialed Certified Hand Therapists!
Read more about them below.