Category Archive: Hand and Upper Arm

Jun
04

Health and safety tips for gardeners: Part 1 of 2

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Health and Safety Tips for Gardeners: Part 1 of 2. Prevention of Hand Injuries Associated with Gardening Memorial Day, the “kick off” day for gardening in NEPA without the fear of frost, was only one week ago, so it is not too late to get started. While gardeners are anxious to work in their gardens …

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Feb
16

“Skier’s Thumb” a Common Injury

Today is the last day of Presidents’ Day Weekend and many of you have visited our ski resorts enjoying one of the most popular ski weekends of the year.  Mother Nature has cooperated with Elk Mountain and Montage Mountain to provide great conditions. While this popular recreational winter sport is fun and a nice diversion …

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Aug
04

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What medical problem does a carpenter, typist, truck driver, jackhammer operator, violinist, pianist and court stenographer have in common? Carpal tunnel syndrome! Over the past 10-15 years, carpal tunnel syndrome has moved to the forefront in medicine and has become water cooler conversation. So what is carpal tunnel syndrome and how is it treated? Carpal …

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May
26

Gardening Health & Safety Part 1 of 2: Prevent Hand Injuries

Overhead Stretch

Health and Safety Tips for Gardeners: Prevention of Hand Injuries Associated with Gardening Today is Memorial Day and for many it is the official first day of planting a vegetable garden in NEPA without fear of frost. While gardeners are anxious to work in their gardens and enjoy the fruits of their labor, a relaxing and enjoyable …

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Jul
05

Hypermobility Hazards. Part 1 of 3 on Hypermobility

Hypermobility - Back

Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, OCS Are you hyperflexible? Do people call you a contortionist? Are you the main attraction at parties, like Dominique DelPrete and Amy Simrell Mifka, because you entertain your friends by twisting your arms and legs in gross directions? Do you excel in dance and gymnastics because of your exceptional joint …

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Jun
27

Finger Injuries Common in Sports

Dr. Mackarey's Health & Exercise Forum

Guest Columnists: Nancy Naughton, OTD, CHT; Casey Burke, DO Dirk Nowitski has had lots to add to his resume lately: NBA Championship,  MVP of the playoffs, and—less glamorous, but still intriguing—a torn tendon in his middle finger.  Since the first playoff game against the Miami Heat, there have been many questions and much speculation about …

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May
10

Prevent Hand Injuries While Gardening

Summer is finally here and gardeners in northeast PA are anxious work in their gardens and enjoy the fruits of their labor. I have noticed that my associate, Nancy Wesolowski, certified hand therapist, has recently had an influx of patients with hand injuries associated with gardening.

Feb
18

Skier’s Thumb

The most common injury of the upper extremity that skiers experience is known as ‘Skier’s Thumb’. This condition refers to an injury to a ligament (the Ulnar Collateral Ligament or UCL) that connects two bones of your thumb together.

May
15

Tennis Elbow Isn’t Just for Tennis Players

Tennis elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, is an inflammation of the lateral (outside) bony protuberance at the elbow. The trauma is especially irritating when working the muscles in an awkward position with poor leverage such as hitting a backhand in tennis.

May
07

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Over the past 10-15 years, carpal tunnel syndrome has moved to the forefront in medicine and has become water cooler conversation. So what is carpal tunnel syndrome and how is it treated?

Mar
03

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A question I am frequently asked is, “Do you think I have carpal tunnel syndrome?” Over the past 10-15 years, carpal tunnel syndrome has moved to the forefront in medicine and has become water cooler conversation. So what is carpal tunnel syndrome and how is it treated?