What Happens if You Leave Your Sprained Fingers Untreated?
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by Richard Girling
3w ago
As someone who has experienced a sprain or strain in their fingers, you might be familiar with the urge to overlook the injury, especially if it doesn’t seem as serious as a fracture. I’m Hoang, a certified hand therapist and occupational therapist, and I want to shed light on what happens when you choose to ignore and leave a sprained finger untreated. Just recently, a patient came into my office with a sprained finger. She had sprained not just one, but two fingers while trying to prevent something heavy from falling on her. It’s a common scenario – a sudden twist, a pull on the fingers beyo ..read more
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Can You Massage Away Dupuytren’s Contracture?
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by Richard Girling
3w ago
If you’re grappling with Dupuytren’s disease and the rigid nodules in your hand have left you wondering whether massage can provide relief, you’re not alone. As an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist with over two decades of experience, I’ve encountered various forms and stages of Dupuytren’s contractures. Today, I aim to address a common query: Can you massage away Dupuytren’s disease? Can You Massage Away Dupuytren’s Contracture? The straightforward answer is no. Dupuytren’s disease affects the fascial fibers inside your hand, causing them to harden. Once this hardening occur ..read more
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What’s the Best Treatment for Duyputrens Disease or Contracture?
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by Richard Girling
1M ago
Have you ever felt those strange cord-like sensations, like hard nodules or tendons, in your palm or middle knuckle? I’ve been there, and it’s likely Dupuytren’s Disease or Contracture. Today, I want to share my journey and offer insights on the best ways to tackle this condition. Unraveling the Mystery of Duyputrens Disease So, you might be wondering, what’s Dupuytren’s? Well, it’s not your usual painful experience. These cord-like structures don’t hurt; they just show up as these peculiar bumps in your hand. Hi, I’m Hoang, an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist, and I’ve seen ..read more
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How to Identify a Pinched Nerve in the Neck?
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by Richard Girling
1M ago
Identifying Pinched Nerve Symptoms So, how do you know if you have a pinched nerve in your neck? Well, if you’re feeling numbness and tingling in specific fingers, such as the thumb, index finger, long finger, or half of your ring finger, it could be the median nerve affected. Similarly, numbness in your small finger and half of your ring finger could indicate compression of the ulnar nerve. These nerves originate in your neck, and travel down your shoulder, past your elbow, wrist, and into your hand. If you’re experiencing a heaviness in your arm, a noticeable imbalance between your arms, or ..read more
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How Do You Loosen Tight Neck Muscles?
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by Richard Girling
2M ago
My name is Hoang Tran. I’m here to share with you my top exercises for tight neck muscles that I share with all my clients, I share with my team members, I share with my family, and my friends. How do you Loosen up Tight Neck Muscles? If you’re someone who’s feeling tight neck muscles because maybe you sit for long periods, maybe you’re on your smartphone all the time. All of this is quite normal. We see this all the time in our clinic. I’m gonna share with you the four top exercises that I do. And I just want you to believe that this has nothing to do with age. And I teach this to my teenage ..read more
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Top Four Exercises for Neck Pain
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by Richard Girling
2M ago
If you’re experiencing neck pain, I’m here to share four top exercises with you. Two of them are for the thoracic spine, and two are specifically for your neck, aiming to help alleviate any discomfort you might be feeling. I’m Hoang Tran, an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. I want to help you with these neck exercises because many patients come to my clinic with hand and arm problems that often stem from unresolved neck pain. I want to share these exercises with you so that you can avoid experiencing similar issues. Top Four Exercises for Neck Pain Let’s break down these ex ..read more
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3 Things NOT To Do If You Have Neck Pain
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by Richard Girling
2M ago
My name is Hoang Tran. I’m an occupational therapist here in Hands On Therapy Services, and this is what I do with all my patients if they come in with neck pain, What is a Neck Pain? Neck pain is a discomfort or soreness in the cervical region of the spine, encompassing the neck and upper shoulders. It can result from various causes, including muscle strain, poor posture, injury, or underlying health issues. 3 Things You Should Not Do If You Have Neck Pain These are three things not to do if you have neck pain. So, if you have neck pain, I’m not gonna share with you what not to do, but I’m ..read more
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What NOT To Do with a PIP Fracture?
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by Richard Girling
3M ago
If you have suffered from a PIP fracture means you fractured. Here are some things not to do, I’m sharing what not to do because I’ve seen people do it and I wanna make sure that you’re not gonna make your hand injury worse by doing these things. So, I worked with someone, she actually came in, she fractured her hand and she tried to relocate it by herself. And that means she was like, “Oh, let me just put it back into place.” Because, I guess, her finger was looking at a place. Well, by trying to put herself back into place, she actually fractured her finger worse, like it was a small fractur ..read more
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How to Rehab a PIP Fracture?
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by Richard Girling
3M ago
Rehabilitating a proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint fracture involves several stages, and it’s important to follow the guidance of a healthcare professional throughout the process.  This rehabilitation typically includes a combination of immobilization, pain and swelling management, range of motion exercises, and gradual strengthening. The goal is to heal the fracture while preventing stiffness and maintaining the mobility of the joint. It often involves the guidance of healthcare professionals, such as physical therapists, and requires patience and adherence to a structured recovery pl ..read more
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Complications of PIP fractures and How You can Avoid hem
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by Richard Girling
3M ago
Hand fractures are no fun. And especially if you have sustained or suffered from fractures of these PIPs. These are your middle knuckles, I like to call them. And there’s a lot of variation in terms of did you fracture it, but it’s pretty stable and you didn’t need surgery, or you fractured it and you needed surgery. You might have fractured it and dislocated, which is probably one of the worst hand injuries that you could suffer from. Here are some complications that I’m gonna share with you. The 5 Complications of PIP fractures There’s five main complications and I wanna share them with you ..read more
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