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Hand and Wrist
Have you ever noticed in winter weather or cold temperatures that the color changes in your fingers, toes, and/or nose? If it is also accompanied by numbness or a freezing sensation, you may be part of the estimated 8% of people in the United States with Raynaud’s Syndrome.
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Smartphones have become a huge part of our daily lives – our primary form of communication personally and professionally. Right at our fingertips we have the internet, text messaging, video chatting, social media, email, GPS, music, a camera, and an app for nearly anything else you could think up. According...
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Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and affects mainly the joint’s cartilage and surrounding bone tissue. OA can occur in any joint – knees, hips, shoulders, and even the hands or fingers, called Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis. The prevalence of thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis is 7% for men and 15%...
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WHY do I have joint pain as I’m getting older? IS joint pain inevitable with age? As a practicing hand therapist for over 15 years, I wish I had a dollar for every time I have been asked questions like… “Why does my shoulder hurt when I reach up into...
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de quervain's tendinitis
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Mommy’s Wrist… Is that really a thing? Mom, mom, mommy, mama, mommy. One word is often all that it takes for our attention to leave whatever we are doing and tend to our children. No matter if you are a mom, grandma, babysitter, sister, aunt, great-grandma, dad, grandpa,...
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raynauds syndrome
Have you ever noticed in winter weather or cold temperatures that the color changes in your fingers, toes, and/or nose? If it is also accompanied by numbness or a freezing sensation, you may be part of the estimated 8% of people in the United States with Raynaud’s Syndrome.
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dupuytren’s contracture HAND THERAPY
“Why is my hand curling up?” This is a question posed to many hand surgeons and hand therapists. Sometimes, the answer is Dupuytren’s (du-pwe-TRANZ) disease, also referred to as ‘viking finger’ – is when the tissue under the skin near your 4th and 5th fingers becomes thicker and less flexible...
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Hand therapists in Affton, South County, and St. Peters.
We are excited to announce in January 2021, based on demand, Axes Physical Therapy has added Hand Therapy services in our Affton, St. Peters, and South County locations. Occupational therapists Annie Pietroburgo, OTR/L in Affton, Matt Williams, MS, OTR/L in St. Peters, and Sarah Schroeder, OTR/L, CHT in South County...
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“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” -C.S. Lewis The beginning of a new year has always brought a chance to start fresh. As 2020 came to a close, New Years 2021 took on a whole new meaning for beginnings and hope for the future. An...
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Patient Spotlight at Axes Physical Therapy, Caitlyn gets her hand rehabilitated by Julie Freiner, OTR/L, CHT
Caitlyn’s journey began when she was 16 years old when she woke up one morning with a paralyzed wrist and hand. After making a concerned visit to her primary care doctor, she learned that she suffered from a nerve injury. The cause was a complete mystery to her and her...
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