Thumb Pain

Question: I have been noticing an increase in pain with use of my thumb when I pinch. Could hand therapy help this? Answer: Arthritic changes at the base of the thumb can cause weakness and pain with pinching activities such as opening sealed bags and extended periods of writing. Occupational therapy can help with use of exercise, splinting, joint protection…

Posted by Rebecca Thompson in Healthy Advice

It Is Hip to Keep Moving

It Is Hip to Keep Moving As we age, some things seem inevitable. Our hair gets grayer, our skin begins to wrinkle and (hopefully) we gain the perspective of a life well lived. But there is one thing that does not need to be inevitable: hip pain. While tightness in the hips is a common…

Posted by Rebecca Thompson in PT eDigest

Please Do Not Be Seated

Please Do Not Be Seated Is sitting really bad for you? In a word: Yes. An emerging body of data says that sitting, one of the most relaxed of all human activities, is actually bad for your health. How bad can it be? The medical literature reports that sitting improperly or for too long causes…

Posted by Rebecca Thompson in PT eDigest

Knitting Up Your Broken Collarbone

Knitting Up Your Broken Collarbone Better known as a broken collarbone, a clavicle fracture is a common injury among people of all ages. Despite its location, the collarbone is not part of the neck, but rather a bone that connects the rib cage and the shoulder blade. A break in the collarbone often occurs in…

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Getting Your Back Back to Normal

Getting Your Back Back to Normal Chronic back pain can have a devastating effect on a person’s ability to function. If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disk, you might want to take the most drastic steps to eliminate the pain as soon as possible. For many people this means surgery. However, before surgery…

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Shrugging Off a Shoulder Dislocation

Shrugging Off a Shoulder Dislocation It is a classic movie scene: The hero’s shoulder gets knocked out of joint. With a nonchalant grunt, he pushes it back into place and goes about his business saving the world. Well, that might work in the movies, but in real life a dislocated shoulder is a very serious…

Posted by Rebecca Thompson in PT eDigest