Welcome to 2019! I’m excited about 2019, and I hope you are, too! We are settled into our new office, and we have added another Certified Hand Therapist, Hilary Noe. We are now a team of 5 therapists! We have also added another office support person to help Melissa, who has done an amazing job of keeping all things running smoothly through the move. By: JoAnn Keller, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
What are your goals for the new year? Are your hands or arms keepingyoufromreachingthem? Handandarmpaincan interfere with your job (and therefore finances), your relationships with family and friends (what if you can’t cook as you always have? Or play tennis or do yoga?), your hobbies, and your peace of mind. That’s why we called the clinic “Hands for Living”…. It’s never “just” a hand injury. Please let us know what’s stopping you from reaching your goals! We’d love to help.
Hands for Home Remodeling
By Helen Reilly, OTR/L
The new year can bring a variety of home care projects, like yard projects, home remodeling, painting, and pruning. Some common causes of injuries during home improvements are:
• When using ladders keep in mind the 4:1 ratioforstability.Place ladders1footaway from a wall for every 4 feet of height. • Also, control your environment – before starting projects make sure you have good lightingandwhenyouaremowing, lookfor rocks and sticks. Loose clothing, rings, bracelets, and watches can easily become caught incogs,wheels,andonbranches. In general,think“safetyfirst”andusecommon sense. We look forward to seeing you this year – but hopefully not as a patient again!
injuriesfrompower tools, injuriesfrom ladders, and lawn mower accidents. Here are some things to keep in mind while you are improving your home: •Makesureyouknowhowtousepowertools before starting a project and keep your tools in good order by maintaining them. Pay careful attention to use of powered saws – it only takes a moment to have a life-changing event.
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