Treating the Wrist and Hand? Don’t Forget About Proximal Stability!

When we are treating a specific region of the body, we also need to understand how other regions contribute to what the patient is experiencing. This can be true when treating a patient for hand or wrist pathologies. Sometimes we … Continue reading

What Tools Do I Need for Long-Term Self-Management?

Once patients are discharged from an episode of care, they usually will review a self-management program to be performed at home. Self-management programs are crucial for patients to continue to progress and reach their respective goals. For patients to be … Continue reading

How to Make Pinch Strength Testing Individualized? The Baseline BIMS 5-Position Pinch Dynamometer.

Pinch strength testing is an essential objective measurement that should be performed with every physical examination. This information is important as it can tell us a lot in regard to a patient’s function and their overall quality of life. However, … Continue reading

How Should We Evaluate In-Hand Manipulation?

So, what is in-hand manipulation (IHM)? In-hand manipulation, or IHM, is defined as the “adjustment of an object within the hand for optimal orientation after grasp.”1 IHM can be classified as the skill into shift, rotation, and translation. It plays a major … Continue reading

Pain Scores. Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

We often will subjectively measure a patient’s pain level to capture what they are currently experiencing.  This can be achieved with obtaining different values including numerical, visual, or even with faces.  Gathering this information is important as it can help … Continue reading

If You Have a Balance Pad, You Need a Mat to Go with It!

Does your cell phone have a case on it? Of course, it does!  Anyone with a smart device typically will want to protect it using a case. Users want to keep their investment safe and secure.  The same goes for … Continue reading

How To Improve Shoulder Range of Motion?

Individuals who experience shoulder pain may have difficulty with performing shoulder range of motion to participate in daily activities.  Daily activities may include dressing, bathing, grooming, reaching, among many other tasks to help us throughout the day.  Those who are … Continue reading

How Do I Manage Tight Muscles?

Individuals may experience tight muscles or muscle spasms on occasion whether it was the result of an injury or insidious onset.   Those individuals may seek the guidance of a medical professional to help decrease pain and improve overall function.  However, … Continue reading

Want to Feel Your Core Working? Try Pressure Biofeedback Gauges

Core stabilization exercises are excellent to improve strength, flexibility, range of motion, and better balance.  However, performing these exercises can feel challenging.  Sometimes we aren’t sure if we are activating the ‘right’ muscles when performing the exercises.  Perhaps we need … Continue reading

How Should We Strengthen the Shoulder? Rhythmic Stabilization.

Shoulder pain is a common condition experienced by many people. Individuals may need to strengthen specific muscles to help reduce symptoms. Traditional shoulder exercises typically will focus on one plane of movement.  However, the human body moves and functions in … Continue reading