Shortening of fibrous tissue can cause a decrease in the range of motion for muscles. This is the case with Dupuytren’s contracture. Most individuals who have this condition lose the mobility of their fourth and fifth fingers, or ring finger and little finger. It can also extend to the other fingers and sometimes the thumb can be affected.
Anatomy of Dupuytren’s Contracture
The palmer fascia is a tough fibrous layer of tissue in the palm of the hand. It is sandwiched between the skin of the palm and the underlying tendons. The tendons allow the fingers to flex. (more…)
Some professionals have been known to take out insurance policies on their hands because those are the tools of their trade and vital to their livelihood. Doctors, surgeons, dentists, musicians and artisans depend on healthy hands to do their work. We all use our hands for living without thinking how vital they are. Only if a finger gets hurt or broken, do we then realize how crucial is our hand health. (more…)
Happy Thanksgiving from our team at Sovereign Rehabilitation. We are Atlanta’s hand therapy specialists. We offer comprehensive treatment programs conditions affecting the upper-extremities, including rheumatoid arthritis.
As you plan your Thanksgiving feast, there are items you should consider adding to your menu to help your rheumatoid arthritis. Did you know that your diet does affect your condition? However, because rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory type of condition, it’s important to avoid foods that will worsen inflammation. Research is also finding that bacteria in your gut play a role in the development and progression of RA. (more…)
Georgia’s new distracted driving law prohibits motorists from physically holding their cell phones while driving. According to an article in the AJC, nearly 1,000 tickets and warnings were issued just 4 days after the Hands Free Georgia Law (HB673) went into effect. The best way to avoid getting caught and to follow the law is to get a phone mount to keep it out of your hands and unsupported by any part of your body. (more…)
Sovereign Rehabilitation offers effective treatment for your hand injuries. We are the Atlanta hand therapy experts and we will help you accurately assess your problem and get immediate care so we can get you a speedy recovery. We offer a wide range of therapeutic procedures for you, according to your specific needs.
To help strengthen your hand and grip there are several exercises you can do at home. (more…)
Smartphones are everywhere. You can spot them being held and viewed almost everywhere. Nowadays, you can walk into a restaurant and instead of the ‘buzz’ being conversations among people, the ‘buzz’ has become the vibrations of notifications on phones. Smart phones have positively increased our ability to communicate, work and stay connected, but there are some harmful negative effects to all of its usage.
One harmful effect of smartphone use is its ability to injure your wrists, if it’s not held properly. You quite possibly are holding your phone as you read and scroll through this blog. Take a look at your wrist. Do you notice how it’s tilted and kinked? This position, held for long periods of time can cause injury to your wrist and even cause carpal tunnel. (more…)
At Sovereign Rehabilitation we provide one-on-one care for each of our patients who suffer from a wrist injury. Our trusted and experienced professionals offer injury treatment and therapy that will help you regain strength, health and range of motion. One focus of our therapeutic treatments is that of edema control.
According to The Mayo Clinic, “Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body’s tissues. Although edema can affect any part of your body, it’s most commonly noticed in the hands, arms, feet, ankles and legs.” The swelling can inhibit your range of motion and cause other adverse effects such as pain and noticeable swelling. (more…)
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory autoimmune disorder where your immune system mistakenly attacks and damages your healthy body tissue. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases states that it affects nearly 1.5 million people in the United States. Are you one of these 1.5 million suffers? If so, Sovereign Rehabilitation can help. (more…)
As the temperatures drop, many people suffering from hand and wrist conditions such as arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome often find themselves dealing with more pain, and other symptoms such as tingling and swelling.
If cooler temps are aggravating your hand or wrist condition or injury, consider these tips:
- Stay warm. Keeping hands protected from cold temps is an easy way to fend off pain. And stick with mittens, rather than gloves, since they don’t separate the fingers.
- Keep the blood circulating with movement. Lightly squeezing a small rubber ball, performing therapist-approved hand exercises, and rubbing hands together can increase blood flow and decrease pain and other symptoms.
- Keep bones, muscles, and joints strong with anti-inflammatory food and plenty of calcium and vitamin D.
You rely on full dexterity of your hands all day long. There isn’t a single activity that goes by where a hand or wrist injury won’t impact how well you can function. That’s why when it comes to getting relief, you need the trusted care of experienced professionals.
How Sovereign Rehabilitation Can Help