Range of Motion (ROM)
The amount of free movement available to any particular joint as it
travels from a normal bent to fully extended position. For one’s hand, the
range of motion for the fingers can be expressed in terms of a range of
travel of the joints starting with a balled fist through a full extension
of the fingers. ROM is informally measured in terms of full, limited, or
minimal based upon the extent of travel.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful disorder caused by pressure on the
median nerve at the wrist as it passes through the Carpal Tunnel. Symptoms
such as numbness, tingling, pain or weakness in the hand or wrist are
common. Certain occupational activities which involve repeated flexing of
the fingers or wrist, or prolonged use of vibrating tools may cause carpal
Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI)
Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI) are those injuries common to
cumulative trauma disorders (CTD). RSI is a collective term relative to a
group of injuries that cause impairment due to repeatedly doing a specific
activity. The injuries accumulate over time to the point that performing
daily tasks is extremely difficult. Symptoms include pain, loss of
strength, impaired motor skills in hand, and weakness. Carpal Tunnel
Syndrome is a common RSI.
Flexor Tendon Injuries / Flexor Muscles
A flexor tendon injury is one that directly affects the ability of the
flexor muscles attached to the bones in the hand by tendons to easily bend
the fingers and the thumb. If these tendons are cut or damaged, they
typically cannot heal by themselves and will require surgery. Someone who
has had flexor tendon surgery will likely experience decreased range of
motion and limited hand strength that will require rehabilitation under
the supervision of a qualified health professional.
The tendon is a flexible band that connects muscles and bones. When
functioning properly, tendons work with muscles to assist in movement.
This normal travel and function is called tendon glide which is
characterized by a smooth gliding motion. Inflammation or injury can
impair this tendon glide.
Resistance Strengthening Exercise
Resistance Strengthening is typically achieved by using the force of
strengthening resulting from resistance from an object like a hand, leg or
weights or an elastic band to promote improved muscle conditioning. . This
type of exercise promotes improved muscle conditioning. Over time,
resistance exercise strengthens and tones muscles, which can help to
reduce pain, help regain motion and improve overall hand function in the
absence of arthritis inflammation.
Isometric Strengthening Exercise
Isometric strengthening is muscle strengthening through resistance in
which force is applied against a resistant object without joint movement.
It is one form of resistance strengthening that requires no movement yet
promotes benefits that can reduce pain, increase range of motion and help
one regain hand function.
Latex is a byproduct of the rubber tree and is used in numerous rubber
goods. It has the ability to regain its former shape and size. While
elastic bands are common, not all elastic bands are the same. Our
color-coded elastic bands provide varying levels of resistance from light
to heavy to meet the needs of those looking for flexibility (light
resistance) or strengthening (heavy resistance) exercise following surgery
or injury. Latex-free bands are provided for latex sensitive users.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common of the many types of
arthritis diseases. It is known for enlargement of the joints, pain and
deformity and is found primarily in the hands and weight-bearing joints
(like the knee). Gentle exercise can help relieve the pain by maintaining
range of motion. While there is no one cause associated with
osteoarthritis, there are many factors that can work together to put one
at risk including age, injuries or overuse, weight, heredity or other
types of arthritis.
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