Needless to say, as a hand therapist, I get asked about hand pain all the time. Even when I’m not at the clinic and I reveal my profession I sometimes get comments closely resembling something like this: “Oh you’re a hand therapist? I should come see you. I’m pretty sure I have carpal tunnel.” “Well, let’s see,” I’ll say, “ do you have pain, numbness and tingling in the palm side of your thumb, index finger, middle finger and maybe also part if your ring finger?” If that’s not the case then we might be looking at a different diagnosis for hand pain. So let’s explore that…
It seems as though the term “carpal tunnel” has grown synonymous with chronic hand pain within some of general population. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, apparent from the expressions on the faces of my hand therapy patients, is a phrase synonymous with the same fear and anxiety surrounding the The Big Bad Wolf or of my own reaction to a riveting episode of Game of Thrones. But what really is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? What are the symptoms? And, is it really that scary?
One of the most common reasons for foot pain is called Plantar Fasciitis. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), it affects 2 million Americans a year and about 10 percent of the world population. So now you know. If you keep feeling that shooting pain on the heel of your foot, you are not alone.
The question remains, what can you do to relieve plantar fasciitis? There is a huge market devoted to the health of your feet. We want to focus on giving you practical and useful information on orthotics/insoles and give you the real answers: Do orthotics or shoe insoles actually work? Do you need to get the expensive ones for them to be effective?
Finally, our first blog post! We so are excited to share knowledge about our practice! We want to get right to answering the most common questions we get asked at our clinic. Let’s start with the biggest enigma: What is the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy?
Although there are some significant differences between physical therapy and occupational therapy, we think it’s important to look at these as being in a relationship vs. being completely different entities. In fact, there are quite a few instances when both specialties overlap. Ideally, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists should work together in order to help patients achieve the best quality of life possible. With that said, let’s break it down.