Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hand Therapy

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This cracked me up. This would be our cats. We have one television in the house and it's only 20".

I went to my first session of hand therapy yesterday. I have two different colors of putty to work with to regain strength in my hand. It's got 50% less strength than my right. Yikes! I have a sheet full of different types of exercises to do. I have two sessions next week.

While I was doing some of the exercises we talked about the CTS symptoms I'd had the past year and how I figured out if I was doing push ups or certain weight lifting exercises, it got worse. She explained the physiology by having me imagine a garden hose that gets bent and plugged. The same thing happens in that push up position and then you add weight (either body or a barbell) to it. Not a good thing in my case!

She recommended icing my palms if I'm writing a lot, even if I'm not having symptoms. She says that a lot of issues are because of swelling/inflammation and ice can really help that. Seems easy enough to try! And she said to keep sleeping in my hand braces. Again, easy to do.

Hope you have a nice Saturday! We're coming into another hot spell with 100+ degrees on tap. With no a/c, I'm not looking forward to it!


Brandy said...

The physical therapist sounds as though she has some good ideas for you. I hope everything works well for you.
Good luck with the heat. After a week of dealing with lower than normal temps, we're headed back up with lots of lovely humidity. Ugh.

Have a terrific day!

catslady said...

I too hope these therapy sessions and tips help. The main reason I gave up on the exercises is that it made my knees and ankles feel horrible. I should start the sit ups again though (sigh). It's hot and muggy here too and we gave in and put the A/C on because of the humidity. Only about the 3rd time this year which is darn good considering it's the end of July.

Dru said...

I hope the physical therapy helps. Don't skimp on anything. Best of luck.

Jane said...

Hope the therapy goes well.

Anne-Kathrine said...

Hope the therapy helps!