Getting a Grip on Hand and Arm Safety

Our hands are one of our primary points of interaction with the world around us. We cook and clean with them, we write and eat with them, we say hello and hold onto our loved ones with them. The frustrating irony is that this amazing......

Arthritis and Diseases That Affect the Hand and Wrist

Many forms of arthritis and related conditions that affect the joints, muscles and/or bones can cause problems like pain, stiffness and swelling in the wrist and fingers. Other conditions can cause additional problems, such as numbness and tingling, pitted nails, painful ulcers or thickened skin......

Raising the American Weakling

There are two very different interpretations of our dwindling grip strength. BY TOM VANDERBILT When she was a practicing occupational therapist, Elizabeth Fain started noticing something odd in her clinic: Her patients were weak. More specifically, their grip strengths, recorded via a hand-held dynamometer, were......

CUBITAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

INTRODUCTION Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the ulnar nerve where it crosses the inside edge of the elbow. The symptoms are very similar to the pain that comes from hitting your funny bone. When you hit your funny bone, you are actually hitting the ulnar......

Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

Welcome to ProActive Physical Therapy’s patient resource about Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis). Medial epicondylitis is commonly known as golfer’s elbow. This does not mean that only golfers have this condition. But the golf swing is a common cause of medial epicondylitis. Many other repetitive activities......

Hand and Wrist Injuries

What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis, affecting nearly 20 million Americans. The disease gradually wears away the protective covering of the joint ends (articular cartilage). Once this cartilage wears away, it is not recreated and often......

7 Hand Exercises to Ease Arthritis Pain

Painful hands Arthritis wears away at the cartilage of a joint, which is the cushioning material between bones. This can cause inflammation and irritation of the synovial lining, which produces the synovial fluid that helps protect and lubricate the joint. When arthritis affects the joints......

Golfer’s Elbow

By Mayo Clinic Staff Golfer’s elbow is characterized by: Pain and tenderness on the inner side of your elbow. Sometimes the pain extends along the inner side of your forearm. Pain typically worsens with certain movements. Stiffness. Your elbow may feel stiff, and it may......

Deconstructing the Nutrition Facts Label

BY ALLIANCE FOR A HEALTHIER GENERATION There has been lots of chatter about food labels since First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled sweeping proposed changes to the little white box affixed to most grocery store products. The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled two potential designs......

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