Trigger finger is a painful condition even in its initial phase and worse gets worse later on. It impairs your hand’s motor skills and makes it painful to even perform simplest of tasks which involve your affected hand. Curling up and locking-popping of the affected finger can be controlled and contained by a series of targeted exercises. Exercises need to be performed targeting the opposite action in order to achieve mobility. Here is a mix of stretching and strengthening exercises which will help you battle trigger finger.
1. Finger Abduction
Finger abduction is achieved by placing the affected finger side by side a normal finger with your hand stretched out straight. Now, using two fingers of your other hand gently press the side by side placed fingers. Try to move the together placed fingers apart and apply a comfortable pressure on them with your other fingers to achieve slight resistance. The pressure should be such that the two fingers separate with some effort. This exercise is beneficial in improving blood circulation to the injured finger. Repeat 8-10 times in 3 sets a day.
2. Finger Stretch
To perform the exercise, keep your injured hand on a flat surface. Now, hold the injured finger with your other hand and gently raise it. Keep on raising it until a comfortable stretch is achieved. Hold the position for 2-3 seconds and then return to starting position. Repeat 8-10 times in 3 sets a day.
3. Finger Spread
To perform the finger spread you will need an elastic band. Begin with pinching together fingertips your injured arm. Now, place an elastic band over the pinched fingers. Start moving your fingers away from each other and feel the elastic band tension work against your movement. Keep on moving till your injured finger is comfortable and then return to neutral position. Repeat this expansion-contraction routine 8-10 times in 3 sets a day. Read more
Parkinson’s disease (PD) can be very frustrating for patients as it severely hampers motor skills. Patients are forced to move slowly and the ‘automated’ involuntary responses seem to go awry, missing the mark most of the time. Parkinson’s patients can easily go from struggling with moving around their homes to taking charge of activities like driving and shopping with the help of physical therapy. Physical therapy can not only relieve patients of physical symptoms such as stiffness, pain, weakness, balance and depth perception but also fosters confidence to reclaim their lives.
Why exercising is important?
It is common for PD patients at early and moderate stage to completely give up exercising as it is painful to move muscles and joints which also worsens with lack of exercise. Thus PD patients are stuck in a vicious circle which can only be broken with exercise. PD makes it difficult for patients to perform complex motor programs and your exercising efforts should be built around it. The loss of ‘Automatic’ response can be countered with exercises that demand attention, repetition, progression of difficulty and promote learning. Exercising will also reduce stiffness in muscles and joints while improving mobility, posture, balance and gait.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition which can cause severe movement impairment. For MS patients it is difficult to perform regular chores which otherwise are performed almost involuntarily. The amount of mental and physical energy that MS patients have to put in for performing regular tasks takes a toll on them, causing fatigue and weariness. Living with Multiple Sclerosis can get very difficult. So, here are a few simple-to-do home exercises which will help you work around the disease.
Exercise #1: Side Stretch
To perform the side stretch you have to be seated on the edge of a flat surface (e.g. bed) with your feet planted firmly on the ground and hands in a relaxed position. Now, stretch one of your hands as far as possible along the surface of the bed while the rest of your body remains in a neutral position. Hold the stretch for 2 seconds and then resume your starting position. Repeat this exercise for the other hand as well. Repeat 3-5 times for each hand every day.
One of the most common diseases amongst the world population, Vertigo is a perception of motion disorder caused by a dysfunctional vestibular system(sensory system that is responsible for maintaining balance). Dizziness caused by vertigo can make it difficult for patients to go about their routine chores. Physical therapy and exercise therapy have proven to be very effective against impairment caused by loss of balance in vertigo. Here is all you need to know about vertigo and how physical and exercise therapy can help you manage it.
What is Vertigo?
Vertigo is a subtype of dizziness caused by dysfunction in the vestibular system which is responsible for sense of movement and balance located in the inner ear. Vertigo has been wrongly associated with fear of heights which is not true. When a patient feels that the objects and environment around them are moving it is called objective vertigo and when a patient feels like he / she is moving it is called subjective vertigo. Around 20-30% of the adult population is affected by a form of vertigo making it very common. Prevalence of vertigo has been noted in adults more than children with more number of cases reported in females. Read more
Knee pain is a very common complaint by people across the world. There can be innumerable causes for knee pain with some being very serious like arthritis. But, not all suffer from a serious disease and so your knee pain could actually be manageable with the following tips.
1. Maintain a healthy weight
Your knee joint bears your body weight when you are involved in physical activities like jumping, running walking. The joint will start deteriorating if you exert more weight on it than it has grown to manage. Putting on extra pounds will add up additional pressure and will result in a throbbing pain in the knee. Overweight individuals are bound to have knee pain and so you should consult your physician for a diet plan and exercise to reduce weight. Weight reduction even by five pounds or so could also go a long way in relieving pressure from your knees.
It is common for patients suffering from severe hip joint arthritis to opt for hip replacement surgery or Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA). Even if patients undergo a successful hip replacement surgery, it is still a battle half won because the other half consists of recovering from the replacement surgery and returning to the pre-surgery active lifestyle. Physical therapy and exercise therapy can help you achieve this by reducing your recovery time and strengthening your hips muscles so that you are back on the grid in no time.
Why is physical therapy and exercise therapy important?
Hip replacement surgeries have been consistently successful in bringing down pain levels in patients and improving their quality of life through enhanced functional abilities. But, when taking a long-term perspective, there are studies which have noted persistence of impairment and functional limitation in individuals after a HRS. A study published in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine has clearly supported physical therapy exercise programs as an effective way of consistently improving physical impairment and ability to function.
As beautiful a sport figure skating is, there is potential for some serious falls. The sport involves powerful jumping, flexing and advanced acrobatics, all while in motion and on ice. So, with this added momentum, if you are to fall, it sure is going to be more than just some bruises. Be it a seasoned skater or a recreational one, all are prone to injuries. This physically strenuous sport is stressful for your muscles, bones, skin and joints, producing injuries with the slightest change in timing.
Most commonly occurring injuries
Since figure skating does not involve wearing any kind of protection, any body part could be injured. The most commonly observed injuries include concussion which occurs after a hard fall to the ground, head first. Wrist injuries like the carpel tunnel syndrome, sprains, fractures are common during lifting as well as while breaking the fall. Fractures can occur in the radius and ulna of the arm and the small scaphoid bone of the hand. Knee injuries are another common type of injuries which occur during a fall. Injuries to the knee cap range from minor bruises to knee cap dislocation. The misalignment caused due to dislocation of the knee cap can damage the knee and the cartilage. Injuries to the hip joint and the feet have also been reported. Overstretching of the Achilles tendon can cause major injury to the feet.