About eight years ago, thermoplastic rubber (also known as TPR) revolutionized the hand safety industry. For the first time, this sturdy yet lightweight and flexible material was adhered to gloves to protect the back of the hand from impact. It was a groundbreaking step forward in safety.
Innovations — development of new and improved materials and advancements in manufacturing processes — have made work and specialty gloves stronger, more flexible, more durable and more versatile than ever before.
Tendons in the hand can thicken abnormally and develop tendinitis in people who text frequently using their thumbs, says a study published online in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
Taking a leisurely stroll with a dog has become hazardous for some in the Halifax region. Rosemary Mooney, an occupational therapist at the Halifax Infirmary, said she’s noticed an up-tick recently in the number of people she’s treating who have been hurt while walking their dog.
A study of work-related injuries involving a hand or fingers among union carpenters in Washington state, 1989 to 2008, found that hand injuries accounted for 21.1% of reported injuries and 9.5% of paid lost-time injuries.
Hand therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an occupational or physical therapist with patients who suffer from conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities. Therapy enables patients to hasten their return to a productive lifestyle.
When a person experiences a tendon injury in the hand that affects the ability to flex or extend the hand properly and in a safe way, he or she likely will have a difficult time completing everyday tasks, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, using the bathroom, and attending to chores at home and at work.