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Recovering After an Elbow Fracture

Elbow fractures are a common injury, particularly among athletes and the elderly. Recovering from an elbow fracture requires a combination of medical treatment, physical or occupational therapy, and consistency at home. This guide aims to help patients understand the recovery process and tips to ensure a successful rehabilitation.   Understanding Elbow Fractures Elbow fractures can […]

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Occupational Therapy, Your Partner In Injury Recovery

In the aftermath of an injury, whether it’s a sudden accident or the result of overuse, the path to recovery can be discouraging. This is where occupational therapy steps in, playing a pivotal role in helping patients regain function and get back to the things they love. In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of

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Hockey and Other Common Winter Sport Injuries

Winter is upon us and enthusiasts eagerly embrace the thrill of winter sports. Among the most exhilarating is hockey, a fast-paced game that demands agility, strength, and teamwork. However, along with the joy of gliding across the ice comes the inherent risk of injuries. Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists play a crucial role in guiding

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Hand Problems to Avoid This Fall

As the leaves begin to turn vibrant shades of red and gold, and the air becomes crisper, many of us eagerly welcome the arrival of fall. However, this season comes with its unique set of challenges for our hands. From yard work to seasonal chores and outdoor activities, our hands are put to the test.

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Treating CMC Arthritis With Occupational Therapy

Arthritis is a common condition that affects people all around the world. One specific type of arthritis, known as Carpometacarpal (CMC) arthritis, can make everyday activities difficult due to the pain it causes in the base of the thumb. But here’s some good news: occupational therapy can be a game-changer for those dealing with CMC

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OT and PT Tips This Hunting Season

Deer hunting season is upon us! This seasonal pastime can be a rewarding and exhilarating outdoor activity, requiring a combination of physical fitness, mental awareness and skill. However, the physical demands of hunting can take a toll on the body, leading to injuries and strains. This is where the occupational and physical therapy come into

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Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis With Occupational Therapy

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition where your body attacks healthy tissue and joints, causing pain, swelling, stiffness and deformities in the hands and other joints. There is no cure for RA, but occupational therapy can be used to help manage symptoms when RA affects the hands, giving you a better quality of life.

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Common sports injuries to avoid this spring

Spring sports are on their way and along with sports, come sports injuries. Whether you’re a young athlete or a weekend hobby player, we’ll break down some of the most common springtime sports injuries and will offer some tips on how to avoid these injury to stay in the game. Tennis Tennis elbow is the

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Eat This-Not That. A Guide To Alleviate Joint Pain

While much of joint pain is caused by aging or injury, there are some foods and beverages that can also contribute to the swelling and discomfort associated with arthritic conditions. In this article, we will outline some of the foods that may be doing some harm to your joints and will offer alternatives to have

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How Tech Devices Are Impacting Your Hands and Joints

Technology devices have become an essential part of our everyday lives. From work and school to phone calls, games and even reading this blog, there is no escaping some type of screen time throughout the day. While these tools have and continue to become increasingly important to our society, they have also caused many to

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Healthy Hands in the Winter

While some people love the winter for the snow covered trees, wardrobe change and seasonal sporting activities, others hate the winter due to it’s cold temperatures, darker evening and slick conditions. Though injuries and illnesses can occur at any time, some are more frequent in the colder months of the year. In this blog we

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How Can Occupational Therapy Help New Amputee Patients?

Whether at work, in a traumatic event or from a random act, accidents happen; and sometimes those accidents lead to an upper extremity amputation, causing hardship to the patient. Occupational therapy is more than just recovering from carpal tunnel surgery; OT helps people heal after all kinds of injuries and illnesses of the upper extremity,

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How Occupational Therapy Can Help After A Burn Injury

Occupational Therapy might not be on your mind after experiencing a burn on your hands or upper extremity, but therapy can actually be an extremely important part of your healing process! First degree burns are often treated easily at home. But as burns progress through second and third degree burns, therapy becomes more necessary. In

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Why Should I Make Physical/Occupational Therapy a Priority?

Many patients dread the commitment to treatment after experiencing a hand or orthopedic illness/injury. You have to take time out of your schedule to see a doctor, maybe two or three in some cases; go through your course of treatment, whether that is a one-time visit, an injection or surgery; and then you need to

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How to Heal After a Slip and Fall

Slip and fall accidents are common injuries that we treat in our therapy clinics. Some of these accidents result in a shoulder or knee conditions, causing a patient to seek physical therapy services. Sometimes a fall can cause a wrist of elbow injury, resulting in a visit to an occupational therapist. Lucky for you, we’ll

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Must Have Items From Our Online Store To Help You Heal!

Splints and braces are common item that doctors and/or therapists recommend while recovering from various hand and orthopedic conditions. At Motus, all of our hand clinics have the ability to create custom splinting for patients tailored to your body and specific needs (you can learn everything you need to know about splinting here). However, custom

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Back In The Game: Exercises For Your Gamer’s Thumb

Back in 2018, we posted our first blog on Gamer’s Thumb to help our patients understand the condition (De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis) and provide some information on the available treatment options. Since then, the condition has only become more prevalent with more cases diagnosed each year.  This time, we are going to explore some of the

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Finding the Splint That Is Right For YOU

Many patients have found themselves in this scenario: You hurt your hand, you see a specialist and either after surgery or instead of surgery, your physician recommends that you see an Occupational Therapist for therapy and splinting. But what does this splint do and what are the differences between the types of splints available? That’s

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Make Your Scars Less Noticeable Through Occupational Therapy

Though Occupational Therapy can frequently be used as an alternative to surgery, it is more commonly used as a tool to help patients recover after a procedure. As technology improves, more and more conditions are being treated using tiny instruments arthroscopically, leading to smaller incisions and causing minimal scarring. However, some surgeries must be performed

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These Summer Activities Are Making Your Carpal Tunnel Worse

Carpal Tunnel is one of the most widely known hand conditions. The tingling and numbness sensation in the hands and wrists are a classic sign of the syndrome that millions across the United States are familiar with. Whether you’ve already been seeking treatment for the condition, you’re trying to wait it out or your symptoms

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