In the blog entitled “What is a Custom Orthosis?” basic information on custom orthoses was provided. But as hand therapists we can do so much more! In this blog, different types of custom orthoses and the reason your doctor and therapist may recommend one or another will be reviewed. In general, an orthosis is a device that is molded to and worn on a specific body part. The device can help to protect and support bones, tendons, ligaments, and nerves, and keep these structures in safe and healthy positions. An orthosis can also be used to help fix deformities or help people with limitations function better. Orthoses can be used to immobilize (keep the body part and tissue still), to mobilize (move the area) or to restrict partial movement in an area.
Hand surgeon John M. Erickson, MD talks about common hand injuries around the house and how to prevent them.
“I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure” — Hippocratic Oath
The Hippocratic Oath is the pledge toward which all doctors aspire. Doctors try to cure disease and repair injuries. The passage from the oath above reminds us that, if at all possible, we should try to prevent illness and injury rather than only focusing on curing it after it has occurred.
Hand injuries while performing everyday activities — such as cooking, woodworking, exercising and lawnmowing — are too common. Many of these injuries can be prevented by adhering to simple, common sense guidelines.
IT’S LONG BEEN SAID that in addition to a large brain, another critical characteristic that separates us from most other animals is our opposable thumbs. The thumb joint has a wide range of motion that makes pinching and grasping motions possible, and most other animals, save for fellow primates, lack this ability. Thumb joints have been credited with enabling us to make a variety of technologic advancements, but over the course of a life, they sustain a lot of wear and tear. “Dexterity comes at a price,” the Arthritis Foundation reports. That price is “an increased risk of osteoarthritis in the first carpometacarpal joint, where the thumb meets the trapezium bone in the wrist.”
Osteoarthritis is a disease of aging, and it’s very common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 30 million adults in America. OA features inflammation of the joint that can impact its mobility and function.
Whether you’re using a gas or charcoal grill, there are always dangers involved in grilling outside. While grilling is fun (and produces great tasting food!) it’s essential that you protect your hands during the process. Don’t forget, your hands are the reason you CAN grill!
When deciding whether to grill, lighting your grill, gauging the heat and actually cooking food, follow these five tips for grilling safely outside:
Do you have numbness, tingling, or pain in your arms? Does it disrupt your ability to work at your desk or keep you up at night? This could be caused by how you sit at your desk during the day. You may be putting excessive pressure on your nerves causing a nerve compression syndrome.