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Injury

The Jarring Truth on Netball Fingers

Netball is one of the most popular women’s participation sports in South Africa. Finger and thumb injuries are amongst the most common problems experienced by netball players. Quite often I hear netballers say, ‘I just jarred my finger, it will be alright’. However, as a hand therapist, I know that this isn’t always the case. A jarred …

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Heat and Cold Treatment: When to Heat or Ice an Injury

Hand surgeon Amar A. Patel, MD answers your questions about heat treatment and cold treatment and which one to use for your injury. Heat packs or cold packs? This is a question that doctors and therapists often get from patients.  Both heat treatments and cold treatments are inexpensive and extremely effective modalities that can help speed up …

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How to prevent hand injuries around the house

Article Reference : ASSH|Handcare 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 …

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Fingertip Injuries

What are fingertips made of? Fingertips have several parts, all with special purposes.  At the core is the bone, called the distal phalanx, which provides support and shape to the end of the finger.  On the top and bottom of the bone are tendons that attach to the bone and make it move.  On the …

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How Do Broken Bones Heal?

Have you ever wondered how broken bones heal? Broken bones, also called fractures, can heal two different ways.  The two types of bone healing are primary and secondary bone healing.  Secondary bone healing is more common than primary bone healing. Secondary bone healing occurs when there is slight, controlled motion between the two ends of …

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Treating a Distal Radius Fracture With Hand Therapy

Distal radius fractures are a common injury, caused mainly by falling onto the hand. The most common type of distal radius fracture is a ‘colle’s’ fracture, where the fracture fragment can displace dorsally. Scenario: Max was snowboarding when he fell onto an outstretched hand and sustained an undisplaced distal radius fracture. A simple undisplaced fracture …

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Wrist Sprain – Signs and long term effects

Cinderella Pathology Wrist sprain is described as a Cinderella Pathology by the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFFSH).  A Cinderella Pathology is a seemingly minor injury that has major consequences.  For example, a lost shoe leading to the loss of the love of your life. So, that’s the big problem with …

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5 Tips for Exercising With(out) Wrist Pain

We all know the health benefits of regular exercise. Many fitness workouts involve putting pressure on your wrists. You may have noticed some discomfort while lifting weights or during yoga poses that require you to put weight on your hands. Here are some tips to make sure you are not straining your wrists while staying …

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