Do you ever look at your thumb and say "thanks for being there good friend"? Well, if you haven't, do it now! You shouldn't take your thumb for granted because someday it might not be there for you as usual. My thumb pain started about 3 months ago. My biggest surprise was how much I use my thumb everyday and therefore, how much pain I was having everyday. Read below if you have thumb pain or if you want to avoid future thumb pain.
THUMB PAIN GETS A THUMBS DOWN
Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, frequently affects the joint at the base of the thumb where it meets the wrist. Known as basal joint arthritis or basal thumb arthritis, this condition is more common in women than men and is usually associated with aging. Over time, the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones degenerates, and excess bone forms. Basal joint arthritis can also occur following an injury to the area.
Basal joint arthritis is a chronic condition that develops gradually. The most common symptoms are thumb pain and stiffness. Contrary to what one might expect, individuals having more pain do not necessarily have more severe arthritis. The pain of basal joint arthritis is frequently due to inflammation in the joint.
Would you like to be a part of a research study regarding thumb pain? Information about the study will be sent out later this month. Study begins in September. Stay tuned.
SLIDESHOW: 10 WAYS TO EXERCISE HANDS AND FINGERS
here for exercise slideshow provided by WebMD.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
IF YOUR THUMB IS NOT A FINGER THEN YOU DON'T TRULY HAVE A MIDDLE FINGER
Staff Birthdays This Month
Nora Molloy - August 5
Bobby Bemis will be leaving PTIS this month and moving onto his next adventure in Bozeman, MT. Goodbye and good luck Bobby.
Hillary Krisman had her last day in July because she will be attending PT school in the fall at Regis University. Goodbye and good luck Hillary.
READ WITH US
We want to know what books you are reading. Send in your "thumbs up" book recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include why you are recommending the book.
PHIT IN THE KITCHEN - TOMATO TART
This is a great way to use all those tomatoes from your garden. Click
here for the recipe.
Mondays @ 5:00pm at Pearl clinic.
Only 4 spots available so please reserve your spot now.
TAI CHI CLASS
TUESDAYS @ 11:00-12:00 pm at Pearl clinic STARTING AUGUST 8TH.
INDIVIDUAL TRX INSTRUCTION
If you would feel more comfortable with a one-on-one session, just let us know. We can do that!
The FMS (Functional Movement Screen) looks at fundamental movements, motor control within movements, and a competence of basic movement patterns. Its job is to determine movement deficiency and uncover asymmetry.
MESSAGE FROM GAIL, BEV AND BOB
We appreciate your support and business throughout the last 20+ years. We hope to keep helping you stay active for all your WORK. SPORT. PLAY. for another 20+ years.
Gail Molloy, Beverly Parrott & Robert Letendre
and all the staff at Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists