Category Archives: Hand Therapy Conditions

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

The cubital tunnel is the area between the medial epicondyle and the olecranon; the ulnar nerve travels through this tunnel. With cubital tunnel syndrome the ulnar nerve is inflammed and compressed in the tunnel. This compression results in tingles, pins and needles or numbness in the little finger, and half of the ring finger. There can also be pain in the little finger side of the wrist and forearm, and the tingles can extend into

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The Stiff Hand

The term ‘stiff hand’ is often used by health professionals to describe a hand that has reduced passive and active range of motion (ROM). This condition can significantly limit functional performance and can be very detrimental to the persons well being. Therapists and medical practitioners alike work very hard to make sure that stiffness is prevented. Why do joints stiffen up in the first place? When a joint is immobilised changes occur in the muscles

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de Quervain’s Disease – ouch!

De Quervain’s Disease is a painful thickening of tendons that move your thumb away from your hand. If you have de Quervain’s it will likely hurt on the thumb side of your wrist, sometimes the pain will travel up into the thumb. It will probably hurt when you do things like lifting up your baby, using a hammer or even pulling up trousers. Any activity that involves thumb use with sideways wrist movement at the

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Thumb Arthritis

Our thumbs are an engineering masterpiece! Their high range of movement allows us to grasp objects as small as a pin and as large as a basketball. In fact The American Medical Association has identified that the thumb accounts for a massive 40% of total hand function. You’ve gotta admit its pretty cool! One of the most common areas to develop osteoarthritis (OA) is the base of the thumb. Ironically the reason for this is

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