presented by Virginia O'Brien
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Virginia O'Brien, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (Provo, Utah), Virginia first became interested in hand architecture during her fieldwork days. She is actively involved in clinical and biomechanical research of the thumb and the wrist, is a member of the AOTA Evidence Exchange committee and a member of…Read full bio
1. Elastic Taping, Customizing Orthoses, and Joint Protection
Some thumbs need light support, which the option of elastic taping can provide. Two simple options are presented. At times, even creative customization of “traditional” orthoses can provide necessary support for painful thumbs. No two thumbs are alike, so be creative for your patient.
2. Saving Your Thumbs: Joint Protection Principles, Adaptive Equipment, and Thermal Modalities
Intervention also includes saving the hand and thumb with joint protection and appropriate adaptive equipment instruction. This chapter reviews joint protection principles, as well as pen holding postures. Also, what is the role of modalities and home heat?