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Meet Our Hand Therapists: Palita Khaledy

June 6, 2019  |  Staff

How did you become interested in hand therapy as a career?
I wanted to combine art and science together. I also knew I wanted to work with the public. I fell in love with hand therapy when I was interning in a hand therapy practice at UCLA, seeing my mentor transform injuries into strong and functional hands. I also really like hand specialty in comparison to other specialties of occupational therapy. I wanted to  More Info

Meet Our Hand Therapists: James Dungca

June 5, 2019  |  Staff

How did you become interested in hand therapy as a career?
I was bit by the hand therapy bug early. I was lucky enough to shadow under a certified hand therapist at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany as a high school student. The majority of the patients were injured service members from Iraq and Afghanistan.

What do you like most about being a hand therapist?
I love seeing the progress of patients in a relatively  More Info

Meet Our Hand Therapists: Mary Stoliker

June 4, 2019  |  Staff

How did you become interested in hand therapy as a career?
I discovered hand therapy when I was working at Massachusetts General Hospital in the 1980’s. I was a part of the team, but my focus was on “Work Hardening”, a therapy focused on simulating the physical demands of a persons’ work to help them build up strength and endurance to return to work successfully. As part of the hand therapy department, I was able to  More Info

Four Easy Ways to Prevent Text Neck

April 10, 2019  |  Staff

Text Neck Syndrome is the term used for neck pain caused by repeated stress associated with constantly looking down at a smartphone, laptop or other mobile device. More than 75% of Americans own a mobile device and neck pain from use of these devices has been shown to be as high as 60% in certain populations. The human head weighs between 10 to 13 pounds and, while the neck and spine are designed to support  More Info

How to Avoid Runner's Knee

March 27, 2019  |  Staff

"Runner's knee", also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, refers to a variety of knee injuries relating to overuse. The condition is so named because it is such a common injury for runners at some point in their training. The pain occurs when the patella (knee cap) rubs against the lower joint of the femur, usually due to the patella being of alignment. While less common, it is also possible for the cartilage that normally lies  More Info

Physical Therapy 101: Is It Right for You?

March 13, 2019  |  Staff

What Can I Expect From Physical Therapy?

Your physical therapist will begin by reviewing your medical history and performing a physical evaluation to get a good idea on how you and your body works. This initial assessment will help your therapist tailor a therapy plan that better works for you.

Your therapist will evaluate your posture, balance, coordination, strength and flexibility. After assessing your needs, your physical therapist will begin your treatment plan. Physical Therapy varies  More Info

Top 6 Lifestyle Choices That Are Bad For Your Bones

February 13, 2019  |  Staff

There are 206 bones in the human body. Over half of these bones are in the hands, which have 54 bones, and the feet, which have 52 bones. We rely on our bones to protect our organs, store minerals and help our bodies move. For this reason, good bone health is crucial to our overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, a number of lifestyle choices can put our bones at risk, causing them to become weak  More Info

Signs And Symptoms Of Ganglion Cysts

January 16, 2019  |  Staff

A ganglion cyst is a tumor or lump that primarily develops along the joints or tendons of your wrists and ankles. These cysts are usually full of a flaccid fluid. Inside the cyst is a thick, sticky, clear, colorless, jellylike material. Depending on the size, cysts may feel firm or spongy. The location of a cyst can sometimes hinder joint motion and pain is felt when they press on an adjacent nerve.

Signs and Symptoms

Ganglion  More Info

Sciatica Symptoms, Causes And Treatments

January 2, 2019  |  Staff

What Is Sciatica?

The sciatic nerve begins from nerve roots in the spinal cord in the low back and extends through the buttock area to send nerve endings down the lower limb. Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve.


Sciatica pain often branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg, radiating down below the knee and typically only affects one side of your  More Info

Fall Prevention And Balance Exercises For Mature Adults

December 19, 2018  |  Staff

Whether you want to be called seasoned, mature, elderly or senior, once you hit a certain age, you inevitably face a variety of medical issues that can make it more difficult to stay steady on your feet. Each year, more than one-third of people age 65 or older suffer moderate to severe injuries from falls. The most common injuries include head injuries, hip fractures, back and spinal cord injuries, as well as sprains and other  More Info

Does Cracking Knuckles Cause Arthritis?

December 5, 2018  |  Staff

Your grandmother probably stopped you from cracking your knuckles because she believed it caused arthritis. So does it? Well, the simple answer is no, cracking your knuckles is not causing harm for most people. It may aggravate the people around you but it probably will not raise your risk for arthritis.

This misinformation has been handed down from generation to generation. However, we have since learned that cracking knuckles has not been shown to be harmful,  More Info

Is Cervical Disc Replacement Right For You?

October 10, 2018  |  Staff

Neck pain affects almost as many people as lower back pain. The most common causes of neck pain are due to posture, injury or the natural progression of arthritis and disc degeneration. Symptoms can be felt in the neck region, but arm pain, numbness and weakness can also be an indicator of neck issues. Less obvious symptoms, such as hand numbness, loss of coordination and balance can also be present.

What Is Artificial Cervical Disc  More Info

What Is Hip Resurfacing?

September 26, 2018  |  Staff

Arthritis of the hip, in most cases, is a wearing away of the cartilage on the ball and socket of the hip joint, leading to painful rubbing of bone on bone. Patients with hip problems, including arthritis of the hip, now have options beyond a hip replacement. Hip resurfacing is a more conservative procedure with greater benefits. Rather than replacing the entire hip joint, as in a total hip replacement, hip resurfacing involves shaving and  More Info

Is Your Shoulder Bag Causing Your Back And Neck Pain

September 12, 2018  |  Staff

There is a sneaky reason why so many people experience shoulder, neck and back pain.

In today's culture of being on-the-go, we tend to carry around a myriad of "necessities" in our purses, briefcases and computer bags. The added weight against the body can cause pain and discomfort, and a person may not even realize that their bag is the culprit!

If you are doubting this, simply empty out your own bag. You are likely to pull  More Info

Tips On Building Healthy Bones

August 29, 2018  |  Staff

It is easy to take our bones for granted. After all, they do all their work behind the scenes. But when a bone breaks, it's a big deal. Bones take time to heal and the process is typically quite painful. Fortunately, protecting your bone health is easier than you think. Diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors can affect your bone mass.

Bones play many roles in the body. They provide structure, protect your organs, anchor  More Info

Preventing Knee Injuries In Children

August 15, 2018  |  Staff

No parent wants to see their little athlete sitting on the bench, but knee injuries sideline thousands of sports loving children every year. Knee injuries in children and adolescent athletes may be the result of a traumatic injury, such as a sudden fall, or as the result of repetitive overuse. Symptoms including pain, instability, swelling and stiffness should be taken seriously and the medical attention should be sought before further damage can occur.

What Are Common  More Info

What Is Hip Dysplasia?

August 1, 2018  |  Staff

The hip joint is a ball-and-socket type joint that is formed where the femur (thigh bone) meets the pelvis. When hip dysplasia is present, it essentially means that the hip socket is too shallow to support the ball of the hip. A joint that is the wrong shape or too shallow will wear out at a faster rate than one that has a more normal shape. The cartilage in your joints cannot be repaired or  More Info

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

July 18, 2018  |  Staff

Spine surgery has seen remarkable advancements in the past few decades. What you may not know is that with these recent advancements in technology and surgical techniques, you may have the option to undergo a minimally invasive spine surgery instead of a traditional "open" spine surgery. In many cases, minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques result in a more effective procedure, fewer complications and a quicker recovery time.

Minimally invasive surgery can be effectively used for  More Info

How To Prevent Smartphone Hand Pain

June 15, 2018  |  Staff

If you are like the average smartphone user, your phone is in your hands for hours each day, from the moment you wake up until you go to bed, with little down time in between. The frequent use of smartphones can lead to debilitating hand pain for those who clutch the phone or type for several hours at a time.

Phones have evolved from the large rotary style to portable computers that remain in our hands  More Info

What Is Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease?

May 17, 2018  |  Staff

Cervical degenerative disc disease is a common cause of neck pain along with radiating pain in the arm. The cervical spine in your neck is made up of seven bones called vertebrae, which are separated by discs filled with a cushioning gel-like substance and act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae, allowing the spine and neck to bend and twist. As we age, the discs in the spine and neck may become worn and can  More Info

Treatment Options For Scoliosis

May 1, 2018  |  Staff

Scoliosis is a disorder that causes an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. If you look closely the average back, you will see that the spine runs straight down the middle. However, if the person has scoliosis, their backbone curves to the side. The angle of the curve can vary in degree and severity but anything that measures more than 10 degrees is considered scoliosis. Doctors may use the letters "C" and "S" to describe  More Info

Do I Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

April 3, 2018  |  Staff

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes numbness, tingling, weakness and pain in your hand because of pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. Those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome typically find it difficult to perform work-related tasks and other daily activities. Early diagnosis and treatment offer the best chance for controlling your symptoms and preventing further complications, such as irreversible damage to nerves and muscles.

What Causes It?

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the  More Info

Understanding Orthobiologics

March 27, 2018  |  Gregg P. Hartman, MD

You may have heard on the radio or read on other websites very promising guarantees and sales pitches about orthobiologics but that is not our goal here. What we are presenting is some basic information about these treatments that are based on the current clinical data. These injections are not for everybody and should not be offered to just anyone. Our goal is to give you an introduction of orthobiologics with the hope that, by  More Info

What Is the Difference Between An ACL Tear And MCL Tear?

March 21, 2018  |  Staff

Knee injuries are very common among athletes, with the most dreaded of those injuries being an ACL or MCL tear. The knee is a complicated joint with several muscles, bones and ligaments working together to help you move but a tear of the ACL or MCL can sideline an athlete for several months or even an entire season.

While it is easy to lump the two knee injuries into the same category, they are actually quite  More Info

Total Hip Replacement: Anterior Approach

March 2, 2018  |  Staff

A total hip replacement procedure has the ability to relieve pain and restore normal function in cases where the hip joint has been destroyed by trauma or disease. Most surgeons use the posterior hip replacement approach, which is accessed from the back of the hip, for hip replacement surgery because it allows the surgeon excellent visibility of the joint and more precise placement of implants. With the anterior hip replacement approach, the hip joint is  More Info

Rotator Cuff Tear: What Are My Options?

February 8, 2018  |  Staff

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of your upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder which creates the ability to lift your arm. Just like hips and knees, arthritis and rotator cuff tears are quite common as one ages, with the majority of people developing arthritis after the age of 60 and rotator cuff tears after the age of  More Info

Avoid Common Ski-Related Knee Injuries This Winter

January 10, 2018  |  Staff

With winter in full swing, Southern California mountains are full of fresh snow, which means thousands of enthusiasts will hit to the slopes to enjoy the ideal skiing conditions. Unfortunately, skiing can also result in injuries. Typically, skiing injuries affect the lower extremities, most commonly the knee. Thanks to advances in ski technology, like the introduction of releasable bindings, has significantly lowered the risk of leg fractures but injuries like knee sprains (including ACL and/or  More Info

Serious Injuries Affecting Football's Biggest Stars

October 17, 2017  |  Daniel K. Davis, MD

In a span of seven days, the National Football League (NFL) has seen three of its biggest stars suffer season-ending injuries. Even if you do not follow football, you may still recognize these stars based on the numerous television commercials they are featured in. Odell Beckham Jr. (OBJ), JJ Watt, and Aaron Rodgers all sustained these injuries during what would be considered relatively normal activities on the field -- one of the many hazards of  More Info

Overuse Injuries Among Young Athletes On The Rise

October 15, 2017  |  Staff

While concussions have garnered much of the attention when it comes to health concerns among young athletes, doctors are reporting a significant rise in what they call "overuse injuries". Kids are simply doing too much, too fast and too often. When kids are involved in sports under the age of 14, they are much more vulnerable to injuries due to overuse and the lack of rest since they are skeletally immature and not done growing.

According  More Info

The 4 Most Common Causes Of Shoulder Pain

September 19, 2017  |  Staff

Whether you are throwing a ball with your kids, getting dressed or reaching for a glass on a high shelf, shoulder pain can compromise even the most basic daily activity. Here is how you can identify the root of your problem and get yourself back to a more active life.

Anatomy of the Shoulder Joint

The shoulder joint is made up of bones held in place by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Tendons are a tough band of  More Info

A Closer Look Into Kelly Slater's Broken Foot

July 25, 2017  |  F. Ray Nickel, MD

Last week, the world of professional surfing was dealt a blow when Kelly Slater found out he will miss significant time from competiting due to a broken right foot. Initially being told the fracture would sideline him for only six weeks, Slater will now most likely miss the remainder of the 2017 season after further evaluation. An 11-time world champion, Slater injured his foot while freesurfing between contest heats at J-Bay in South Africa.

After viewing  More Info

Refusing Fusion: An Alternative Treatment For Big Toe Arthritis

June 26, 2017  |  F. Ray Nickel, MD

Did you know that the most common arthritis of the foot occurs at the joint at the base of the big toe? Many people think that they just have bunions, but over 2 million Americans actually suffer from osteoarthritis of this joint. The arthritis is caused by a gradual wearing away of the lining cartilage, which allows the bones to glide smoothly over each other, and eventually results in bone grinding against bone. For years, the only  More Info

Choosing The Right Doctor

May 1, 2017  |  F. Ray Nickel, MD
All you know is that it hurts. Trying to figure out what’s causing it, whether or not it is serious, will it go away on its own and what options you have for treating it can drive you nuts, let alone trying to find the right doctor to see to give you that information. There are no easy answers to those questions. “It depends…” is an understandable but true refrain. That being said, there are  More Info

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