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Easton, MD, 21601
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A Medicare Certified Rehab Agency Specializing in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

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Gardening Safety in Honor of Hand Therapy Week

Kayleigh Spencer

Tidewater Physical Therapy is home to three Certified Hand Therapists; an accomplishment we are very proud of. Hand therapy involves evaluating and treating injuries and conditions within the shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand. Hand therapists are licensed or registered occupational therapists (OT) or physical therapists (PT) who specialize in treating individuals with conditions affecting these areas. Hand therapists carry the title of Certified Hand Therapist or CHT.

When the first full week of June arrives, we here at Tidewater Physical Therapy announce to our community that it is officially, “Hand Therapy Week.” Hand Therapy Week was established by The American Society of Hand Therapy in order to raise awareness of the hand therapy specialty among various audiences, including primary care providers, surgeons, referral sources, and the public.

To do our duty in promoting hand-health, our CHT’s decided that for Hand Therapy Week 2017, they would like share some tips and tricks of the trade, to help our gardening population on Delmarva.

Hand injuries such as repetitive stress injuries, tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) can all occur from gardening. In addition, simple scrapes, blisters, and bites can turn into serious problems if not treated appropriately. While gardening is an enjoyable and relaxing activity for most, it can become dangerous in certain conditions.

Certified Hand Therapist and Clinical Director of Tidewater Physical Therapy’s Salisbury clinic, Jennifer S. Hamilton, DPT, CHT, recommends, “As the weather warms up, it is exciting to get outside and work in the yard or garden.  Remember the importance of listening to your body as you go about those tasks.  If you start to feel any pain or soreness in your hands and arms, take a break.  It may be beneficial to perform some stretching exercises that your therapist has given you.  Make your daily gardening goals realistic – don’t expect to be able to complete your entire yard in a day – instead plan to spread the work out over several days in order to prevent pain and overuse.”

Certified Hand Therapist and Clinical Director of Tidewater Physical Therapy’s Seaford clinic, Craig L. Joachimowski, PT, OCS, CHT, guides, “When performing yard work garden tools may make certain tasks easier. Tools should be light enough to handle with ease and the handles should fit in your hand comfortably.  Remember to use the bigger muscles in your shoulders and arms rather than the putting stress on the smaller joints of the hands. Make sure to wear gloves that fit well, particularly when working in brush or with plants that are sharp or have thorns. Preventing cuts and scratches is very important to all but especially to those with diabetes.

Certified Hand Therapist and Clinical Director of Tidewater Physical Therapy’s Ocean Pines clinic, William Hamilton, Jr., DPT, CHT, advises, “A helpful tip that I like to share with my patients who enjoy gardening is to stretch before you start. A stretch called the, “Prayer,” stretch is a great one to do beforehand. More importantly, you should ensure that you are using both hands equally to prevent overuse of the dominant hand. Also, taking breaks every 30 minutes to shake your hands out and restore normal blood flow will help prevent injury.”

Tidewater Physical Therapy would like to ensure the safety of everyone this gardening season. Next time you pick up a trowel or rake, keep these tips in mind.

Gregg Harrington: Army Soldier, Police Officer, PT Patient

Kayleigh Spencer

As a former Solider in the United States Army and a retired Maryland State Trooper, physical activity and fitness was a lifestyle for Gregg.  During a routine workout in Chestertown, Gregg encountered a large hill on his course. Sometime during his ascent, he started to feel pain in his knee. He pushed through the pain, to finish his workout, and “walked it off,” at the end.

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"RISE UP" Through the Pain

Kayleigh Spencer

Noah had never been to physical therapy before and wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Once he arrived, he was pleased to be greeted with smiling faces at the front desk. Once Noah was called back to the evaluation room, Brian then began to assess his pain. In recounting his first day at Tidewater Physical Therapy, Noah says that Brian was very helpful by asking a lot of specific questions about what caused the neck and back pain to start, and what made it better or worse. It was clear that Noah’s neck and back pain were caused by his physically demanding job at Rise Up Coffee Roasters.

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Snippets of Our Love Letters

Kayleigh Spencer

February is the month of love. Boxes of chocolate, dozens of red roses, fancy candlelight dinners and mushy greeting cards covered in applique hearts and lace.

But at Tidewater Physical Therapy, we celebrate the month of love a different way. We honor the special relationships formed between our physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, physical therapy technicians, administrative staff and patients. We also celebrate the trust and bond formed between our physical therapists and patients due to the one-on-one attention we are known for.

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Tidewater Physical Therapy: 2016 Year in Review

Kayleigh Spencer

As we ring in 2017, we want to take the time to reflect on 2016. Tidewater Physical Therapy saw many positive changes last year. We added new members to our internal Tidewater Physical Therapy family, with the addition of three new clinical directors; two of whom are the senior physical therapist at their respective clinics.

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