logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Ergonomics Site

BellaOnline's Ergonomics Editor

g

Hand Therapy Awareness & Injury Prevention

Guest Author - Marji Hajic


For those with an interest in ergonomics and the prevention of traumatic and repetitive injuries, June is the month to celebrate injury prevention.

The American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) is sponsoring Hand Therapy Awareness and Injury Prevention Week from June 9-13, 2008. This week offers the opportunity for hand therapists to go into the community and provide information and tips for avoiding injuries.

Throughout the year, hand therapists provide a valuable service by helping those suffering from a hand or upper extremity injury to recover so that they can lead healthy and productive lives. Types of injuries treated by hand therapists may include accidental and traumatic (fractures, cuts, bumps, bruises, sprains, amputation, burns), repetitive (carpal tunnel, tendinitis, tennis or golfer's elbow, nerve compressions, muscle strains), arthritic and degenerative, and neurological.

However, it is just as important to provide information on how to reduce the risk of injury or how to prevent injuries as it is to treat injuries.

Although mainly a site for hand therapy professionals, the ASHT website at www.asht.org has some hidden gems for the consumer. The site offers descriptions of common injuries, an online referral directory of certified therapists and clinics, and the opportunity for those with questions about injuries to email a hand therapist. The Injury Prevention Tips section offers practical advice on avoiding injuries for specific activities such as gardening and using portable electronics.

For example, ASHT offers these guidelines for those who use hand held or portable electronic devices such as MP3 players, cell phones and portable video games:
  • If you have pain during the activity, stop.
  • Use a neutral grip when holding the device.
  • Take a break every few minutes, or switch activities frequently.
  • Support your arms on pillows or on a desk or tabletop.
  • Sit in an appropriate chair.
  • Switch hands frequently and vary the use of the fingers being used.
  • Frequently look away from the screen to prevent eye strain.

Certified Hand Therapists are occupational or physical therapists who have received special training, who have met specific requirements, and who have passed a national certification examination in the treatment of hand and upper extremity injuries. To be certified shows a high-level of training and competence in the treatment of these injuries.

ASHT was founded in 1977 and provides support services to more than 3000 hand therapy professionals. It is a non-profit organization seeking to advance the specialty of hand therapy through education, communication, advocacy, research, and the establishment of clinical and ethical standards.

Marji Hajic is an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist practicing in Santa Barbara, California. For more information on hand and upper extremity injuries, prevention and recovery, visit Hand Health Resources.


This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add +Hand+Therapy+Awareness+%26+Injury+Prevention to Twitter Add +Hand+Therapy+Awareness+%26+Injury+Prevention to Facebook Add +Hand+Therapy+Awareness+%26+Injury+Prevention to MySpace Add +Hand+Therapy+Awareness+%26+Injury+Prevention to Del.icio.us Digg +Hand+Therapy+Awareness+%26+Injury+Prevention Add +Hand+Therapy+Awareness+%26+Injury+Prevention to Yahoo My Web Add +Hand+Therapy+Awareness+%26+Injury+Prevention to Google Bookmarks Add +Hand+Therapy+Awareness+%26+Injury+Prevention to Stumbleupon Add +Hand+Therapy+Awareness+%26+Injury+Prevention to Reddit




PDA & SmartPhone Ergonomics
Preventing iPod, PDA & SmartPhone Hand Pain
Neutral Position - Fingers, Wrist & Forearm
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Ergonomics Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Marji Hajic. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Marji Hajic. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Wraptastic Product Review

Dragon Naturally Speaking - Voice Recognition

DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis-Thumb and Wrist Pain

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor