The Joint Ventures' Blog

Planning for Your Physical Therapy Expenses in 2017

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

With deductibles on the rise (255% in the last ten years!), Joint Ventures aims to educate and prepare each of our patients for the financial aspect of their care.  My name is Kim and as your Director of Billing here at Joint Ventures Physical Therapy and Fitness, I think it's important to educate and advise you on how to keep your balance low as we transition into a new calendar year.  While some may be quite ready to bid the year 2016 adieu, there are a few things I’d like you to keep in mind! 

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Wrist Injuries

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Many of the shapes that we use with movement require patients to be on hands and knees, in a high plank, or something as simple as cat-cow pose. As a physical therapist, patients have often told me “I can’t do this, I have bad wrists” when attempting to perform exercises requiring them to bear weight on their wrists. The common belief that someone’s wrist is “bad” is in most cases unrelated to damaged bone, tendon or ligaments but rather due to tight tissues and decreased tolerance for loading. 

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Fallen On OutStretched Hand (FOOSH) Injuries

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

FOOSH is a mechanism of injury associated with a traumatic event occurring when an individual falls in an attempt to catch themselves through the palm of their hand. As a result, wrist pain resulting in decreased grip strength, pain with forearm rotations, push/pull movements are common clinical findings.  If severe enough this mechanism of injury can result in fractures of the wrist and hand bones, with risk increasing with individuals over 50 years of age from osteoporosis.  In addition, injury following is increased with a condition known as ulnar variance (ulnar bone is disproportionally longer than the radius bone causing increased force distribution through the ulnarcarpal joint). Increasing in severity, the most common type of forearm fracture is a colles fracture as seen below often via FOOSH injury. A colles fracture is a fracture of the distal radius bone. 

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Smart Phone Thumb

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Does your thumb or wrist hurt when you are texting or surfing the internet on your smart phone?  Do you have thumb or wrist pain with repetitive motions using your thumb?   If this sounds like you, you may be a victim of what is recently been referred to as “smart phone thumb.”  While most of our cell phone use has increased significantly in recent years, this is not a new injury.  It has traditionally been referred to as de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis, named after the Swiss surgeon, Fitz de Quervain who identified the condition in 1895.  Statistics show that the number of people who suffer from this painful condition have increased in recent years.  This may be in part due to many of using our smart phones for an increasing number things.  This often requires repetitive thumb use to hold and to tap the keypad but this condition can develop from any activity that requires repetitive thumb or wrist movements.  

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Wrist and Hand Ergonomics

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Hand and wrist pain is one of the most disabling and irritating pain to suffer from because we need our hands for everything.  It’s what we use for work, self care, child care, and connecting with our environment. Whenever pain or numbness/ tingling is present in the hands, it can be very difficult to distract ourselves from it. This blog is meant to address some common reasons for general hand pain/ numbness that individuals may feel due to working desk jobs.  Due to the importance of correct diagnosis for hand/ wrist symptoms, please seek help from an experienced health care practioner to make sure your impairments are addressed correctly. 

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