If you are not tolerating the feel of your sleeve touching your arm, the pressure of water in the shower or even the thought of using your hand after an arm injury, then you have developed some hypersensitivity. Hypersensitivity or “allodynia” is when you feel discomfort in response to stimulation that isn’t normally noxious. Why … Read more
Elbow, Wrist and Hand
Finger Injuries: When in Doubt, See an Armworks Hand Therapist
Injuries to the hand, specifically the fingers, are quite common. Whether you are an athlete who “jams” your finger trying to catch a ball, a chef whose knife misses its target, or a machinist whose finger gets smashed during operations; we are all at risk of sprains, strains, lacerations, and/or fractures. Luckily, your Certified Hand … Read more
Why is a Custom Splint Needed After a Tendon Injury?
Armworks Hand Therapy provides many specialized treatments for the elbows, wrists, and hands, which sometimes includes custom splinting. One reason a custom splint may be necessary is after a tendon injury. Today we will discuss what a tendon is, how it may become damaged and why a custom splint is a crucial component of the … Read more
Why is a Custom Splint Needed After a Fracture Injury?
Why is a custom splint needed after a fracture injury? Armworks Hand Therapy specializes in the rehabilitation of the elbows, wrists, and hands. For several injuries, the treatment plan provided by Armworks includes custom splinting. Today we will attempt to answer all your fracture questions as we explore what a fracture is, common mechanisms of … Read more
Why is a custom splint needed after a repetitive hand injury?
A custom splint is often needed for repetitive hand injuries. Armworks Hand Therapy takes pride in providing treatments specifically for the elbows, wrists, and hands. This sometimes includes custom splinting. Learn more about repetitive hand injuries, what causes them, and why a custom splint may be necessary for optimal healing results. What are repetitive hand … Read more
New Parent’s Thumb
Attention New Parents: Raise your hand if you have wrist and thumb pain while caring for your new baby? Quite common to new parents, deQuervain’s Tenosynovitis is caused by overuse of the thumb tendons at the wrist when you repetitively lift the newborn from the floor, crib, or car seat with your hands under … Read more
Hand Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Wrist pain due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition that causes pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in your hand. This occurs when the median nerve, which runs along the length of your arm, gets compressed in a passage at your wrist called the carpal tunnel. The median nerve is one … Read more
Physical Therapy for Golfer’s Elbow
Golfers elbow is a term used to describe pain on the inside of the arm. Although it is commonly seen in golf, this injury is not limited to those who play the sport, or any sport at all. Also known as medial epicondylitis, golfer’s elbow is frequently diagnosed in baseball players due to repetitive throwing. … Read more
Ergonomics and Arm Pain: How to arrange your workstation for optimal safety & efficiency
Ergonomic adjustments to your everyday life can improve & prevent arm pain and other symptoms. Remember that song, “the hip bones connected to the knee bone”? Your body has many interconnecting parts. If one part is not where it should be, it will not be able to do its job to the best of its … Read more
Smartphone Hand Pain: Advice from a Hand Therapist
Whether you’re checking your email, texting family and friends, or connecting on social media, the reality is your phone may seem like an extension of your body. Unfortunately, repetitive use of electronic devices can lead to undesired consequences in your hands and arms. A hand therapist can help you modify how you use your phone … Read more