ASHT offers prevention and safety tips for a number of common activities that can lead to hand injury and trauma:
- Safe Cooking Tips
- Safe Gardening Tips
- Safe Turkey Carving Tips
- Safe Pumpkin Carving Tips
- Preventing Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Preventing Injuries From Portable Electronics and Video Game Usage
Diagnosis-Based Video Series
CMC Arthritis/Arthritis at the Base of the Thumb
Thumb arthritis — also known as carpometacarpal (CMC) osteoarthritis (OA) — can significantly limit functional movements and cause thumb pain when pinching, gripping and manipulating objects. This video helps to identify symptoms, causes and treatments for arthritis in the thumb, including how seeing a hand therapist can help you. Please also access our CMC arthritis Patient Education Resource for more information.
Do you have pain on the outer bony part of your elbow? Does it worsen when gripping heavy items? If so, you may have tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis. The term "tennis elbow" is misleading — this pain can occur even if you've never played tennis before! This video helps to identify symptoms, causes and treatments for tennis elbow, including how seeing a hand therapist can help you. Please also access our tennis elbow Patient Education Resource for more information.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common term to the general population, but with that comes many misconceptions of the correct signs and symptoms. This video helps to identify symptoms, causes and treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome with information from hand therapists. Please also access our carpal tunnel syndrome Patient Education Resource for more information.
Safety and Injury Prevention Video Series
As we prepare for Thanksgiving and extended time in the kitchen, it's important to keep in mind that cuts from carving turkey are among the most common holiday injuries. ASHT offers the following tips on how to carve safely using proper equipment and proper technique to prevent injury to your hands and upper extremity this year.
As the weather shifts, many of us will spend time this season raking leaves that have fallen from the trees. ASHT offers the following tips on how to prevent injuries while raking.
As families prepare for Halloween, it's important to keep in mind that cuts from carving pumpkins are among the most common autumn injuries. ASHT offers the following tips on how to carve and decorate safely to prevent injury to your hands and upper extremity this season.
Cell Phone & Texting
Texting has certainly become one of our go-to methods of communication in recent years. As therapists, we often see injuries related to mobile device use. Protect your hands and upper extremity while texting and using your cell phone with these quick tips from the American Society of Hand Therapists.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has become more prevalent as a way to obtain treatment safely from your home. ASHT has created this video to address questions about telehealth and to highlight how telehealth can be an effective method to achieve your hand and upper extremity rehabilitation goals.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more students have engaged in virtual learning remotely from home or as part of a hybrid learning model. ASHT offers these tips for setting up a safe and ergonomically correct workspace to prevent injury and promote a successful learning environment.
Hand therapists frequently see a variety of sports injuries -- most commonly trauma or overuse. Learn more about common injuries and conditions treated by a hand therapist, including gamekeeper's thumb, little league elbow, golfer's elbow, tennis elbow, fractures and joint dislocations. This video also covers injury prevention tips and special considerations for youth athletes.
Meal Prep Safety
Most of us spend a good deal of time preparing meals, from shopping for items, carting them home, preparing dishes and then cleaning up. As hand therapists, we see a variety of injuries that could have been prevented with a little extra caution and a better understanding of how to protect yourself. Take a look at these tips for meal prep from ASHT.
Many people spend the majority of their weeks in the office and/or working at a desk. As hand therapists, we see a number of patients with injuries that could have been prevented with a better understanding of ergonomics, specifically related to setting up their office spaces, chairs, computer monitors, etc. Learn how to prevent injury while working at your desk with these tips from ASHT.
Technology is now an integral part of our lives, and many people are using portable electronics such as cell phones and tablets for extensive periods of time each day. As hand therapists, we see a large number of patients with injuries that could have been prevented with a little bit of understanding. Protect your hands and upper extremity while using portable electronics with these tips from ASHT.
As hand therapists, we see a large number of patients with injuries that could have been prevented with a little bit of understanding and forethought. Protect your hands and upper extremity while gardening with these tips from ASHT.
Hand & Upper Extremity Injury Mental Health Video Series
ASHT has developed a video series highlighting the impact of hand and upper extremity injuries on mental health. The videos specifically focus on chronic pain, coping with post-injury trauma and techniques to improve mental health after injury.
Chronic Pain & Mental Health: Learn More from a Hand Therapist
This video from ASHT focuses on chronic pain and how lingering pain may impact someone's mental health. Learn how to tell the difference between post-injury pain and chronic pain, and how to address these issues.
Coping with Post-Injury Trauma & Mental Health: Learn More from a Hand Therapist
This video from ASHT focuses on the mental health of individuals who have experienced traumatic upper extremity injuries and how a hand therapist can help. We hope this series will provide useful information so patients feel comfortable addressing mental health with their hand and upper extremity therapists to aid in their overall healing.
Techniques to Improve Mental Health After an Injury: Learn More from a Hand Therapist
This video from ASHT focuses on techniques to reduce anxiety, relieve pain and improve self-image after an injury.
View some of ASHT's latest contributions to the HandCare.org blog:
- Leash/Pet Walking Safety
- Gardening Safety
- Snow Removal Tips
- Protecting Your Joints
- Tips to Avoid Common Holiday Injuries
- Cervical Radiculopathy (not all hand numbness is carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Football Hand Injuries
- Backpack Awareness (pack it light -- wear it right!)
- Pumpkin Carving Without Knives (modifications for safe holiday fun)
- Upper Extremity Prosthetics (the latest developments in prosthetics)
- Desk Posture (avoiding pain in your home office)
- FOOSH (fall on the outstretched hand -- hoverboard injuries and beyond)
- Central Sensitization (why do I still have pain?)
- Mallet Finger (my finger won't straighten anymore)