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Exercise / Tanya Quaresma

Staying Motivated during the Winter Season

It’s one of the most beautiful times of the year.  The sun glistens off the fresh snow and the trees sparkle.  The only downside is the sun doesn’t rise until 7am and it sets around 4:30pm.  We make our way to work in the dark and return home in the dark.  The mornings are cold making it even harder to get out of bed.  Staying motivated and productive during the winter season is not easy; this goes for finishing important tasks and projects as well as exercising.  It is much easier to stay home cuddling on the couch with a warm cup of hot chocolate watching television…..I hope that these tips will help you fight the winter blues. Sticking to your workouts this winter isn’t…..

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Hand/Wrist / Vicki Moitoso

Oh Baby, It’s Cold Outside!!!

While we are currently getting a break from the cold, frigid temperatures of winter, we still have a long way to go before spring makes its appearance. In light of just how cold it has been recently, it seemed like a good time to review the signs and symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia and how to protect against them, as well as those who are at the greatest risk.

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/ Keith Monchik

Winter Sports

More than 246,000 people were treated at hospitals, doctors’ offices, and emergency rooms for injuries related to winter sports in 2015, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

• 88,000 injuries from snow skiing
• 61,000 injuries from snowboarding
• 50,000 injuries from ice skating
• 47,000 injuries from sledding, tobogganing, and snow tubing

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Hand Therapy / Anthony Deluise

Should I Use Ice or Heat?

Hot and cold therapy can be extremely effective for a number of conditions and injuries as long as they are applied for the right reasons and for the appropriate amount of time.

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Hand Therapy / Anthony Deluise

Kinesiology Tape: Fake, Fad or Functional?

I remember when kinesiology tape exploded in popularity across the United States. It was during the 2008 Summer Olympics and the popular women’s beach volleyball team of Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor were battling their way to another gold medal in Beijing.  At the time, Kerri Walsh was recovering from a rotator cuff injury and was using kinesiology tape to support her shoulder during ….

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Hand Therapy / Anthony Deluise

Splinting: The Benefits of Custom Splint Fabrication

A therapist must take 4 general rules into account when fabricating a custom splint. A well-made custom splint should be:
-Effective
-Individualized
-Convenient
-Aesthetic (pleasant to look at)

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Back Pain / Anthony Deluise

When is MRI necessary for back pain?

An MRI is useful for patients who do not respond to conservative care . If you have had treatment for six weeks and are still very uncomfortable, then an MRI is a very appropriate next step to be sure that nothing more than a soft tissue injury is causing your pain.  Treatment is dependent upon the underlying problem.  Progressive weakness or…

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Exercise / Anthony Deluise

A Better Balance

To maintain an upright position, activating the extensors helps create a better balance in our posture. An important que for our body is to move our head over the top of our body instead of in front of it. This one small step can help create balance through the entire body!

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Hand/Wrist / Anthony Deluise

Thumb Arthritis

The thumb is the most prevalent location to suffer arthritis in the hand. As the weather turns colder, the arthritis can become more noticeable even upon waking in the morning, after a walk on a cold day, or working outside. The arthritis can be aggravated…..

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