HandWorks Hand Therapy provides evaluation and certified hand therapy/treatment of upper extremity injuries and disorders by Sally P. Gillenson, certified hand therapist and clinic director. We are conveniently located in Saddle Brook, NJ in the heart of Bergen County. We fabricate custom dynamic and static splints (orthotics) as prescribed by the patient's doctor. We effectively treat and restore the patient's functional abilities through postoperative rehabilitation, preventive, non-operative, and/or conservative management. We work closely with hand surgeons and other physicians, nurse case managers, and patients to provide a continuum of care. Ideally, this starts within days of the injury or surgery — and continues until return to work and/or attainment of maximum functional levels in activities of daily living.
A Google Review:
"If you need hand therapy, this is the place to go. I came to HandWorks after having orthopedic wrist surgery to deal with long term pain. I'd never had any kind of physical (nor occupational) therapy and was really dreading it. I thought I'd just try to do the bare minimum, but Sally and Kathy at HandWorks made it such a positive experience that I kept with it long term, until my wrist was fully functioning again. Therapy is handled with the highest levl of expertise and professionalism, while the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. Sally Gillenson is a certified hand therapist with an impressive depth of knowledge and experience that really made me feel confident about my treatment. Kathy Conard handles administration and she goes out of her way to work with your insurance company... Both Sally and Kathy couldn't be more caring and friendly, the office is extremely clean and pleasant, but most importantly, they will do what it takes to help you recover from whatever problem you may have." C.M.
Hand Surgeons Warn of Pumpkin Carving Dangers
Use caution during the Halloween season, and take steps to prevent hand injuries when carving.
"Every Halloween season we see four or five patients — both adults and children — who come into our office with severe injuries to their hands and fingers," says Jeffrey Wint, MD, in Springfield, Mass. "Treatment can often run three to four months, from the time of surgery through rehabilitation."
To prevent hand injuries, HandWorks suggests the following safety tips:
Carve in a Clean, Dry, Well-lit Area
Wash and thoroughly dry all of the tools that you will use to carve the pumpkin: carving tools, knife, cutting surface, and your hands. Any moisture on your tools, hands, or table can cause slipping that can lead to injuries.
Always Have Adult Supervision
"All too often, we see adolescent patients with injuries because adults feel the kids are responsible enough to be left on their own," says Wint. "Even though the carving may be going great, it only takes a second for an injury to occur."
Leave the Carving to Adults
Never let children do the carving. Wint suggests letting kids draw a pattern on the pumpkin and having them be responsible for cleaning out the inside pulp and seeds. When the adults do start cutting, they should always cut away from themselves and cut in small, controlled strokes.
Sharper is Not Better
"A sharper knife is not necessarily better, because it often becomes wedged in the thicker part of the pumpkin, requiring force to remove it," says Wint. "An injury can occur if your hand is in the wrong place when the knife finally dislodges from the thick skin of the pumpkin. Injuries are also sustained when the knife slips and comes out the other side of the pumpkin where your hand may be holding it steady."
Use a Pumpkin Carving Kit
Special pumpkin carving kits are available in stores and include small serrated pumpkin saws that work better because they are less likely to get stuck in the thick pumpkin tissue. "If they do get jammed and then wedged free, they are not sharp enough to cause a deep, penetrating cut," says Wint.
Help for a Pumpkin Carving Injury
Should you cut your finger or hand, bleeding from minor cuts will often stop on its own by applying direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth. If continuous pressure does not slow or stop the bleeding after 15 minutes, an emergency room visit may be required. Surgery may be required if the laceration is deep enough or you cut through tendons or other structures in the hand. After surgery, hand therapy may be required.
HandWorks, 299 Market St. Suite 150 Saddle Brook, NJ 07763 201.820.4020
Love your hands
Your hands work hard for you, so treat them with love. No matter what you’re doing, take a second to think about your hands. Your hands will thank you for it.
Feel free to contact Sally Gillenson, MBA, MS, OTR, CHT with any questions.
WHAT WE DO
In a private outpatient clinic, conveniently located in Saddle Brook, Bergen County, in northern NJ, patients receive certified hand therapy services for rehabilitation of injuries and disorders of the fingers, hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Our services include:
We are open weekdays and evenings; Saturdays and Sundays on an emergency basis. Splints can be fabricated on a same-day emergency basis if your doctor deems it medically necessary.
We can be reached by phone, fax, or email.
DO YOU NEED HAND THERAPY ?
HERE ARE SOME HINTS:
INJURY: Did you hurt your hand, wrist, or elbow? ● Have you undergone a surgery on your hand, wrist, or elbow?
DAILY ACTIVITIES: Do you experience burning, numbness/tingling, pain, or stiffness in your fingers or hand during activities or upon waking up ● Do you have painful cramps in your hand when cooking, cleaning, getting dressed, holding a book, or writing ● Do you drop or have trouble picking up items?
PAIN MANAGEMENT: Do you rely on medication to lessen hand, wrist, or elbow pain? ● Does pain prevent you from using your hand normally?
If you have experienced any of these problems or symptoms, we would advise you to see a hand surgeon, who may prescribe certified hand therapy. If you receive a prescription for hand therapy, and your surgeon would like you to be seen by a certified hand therapist,
please give us a call @ 201.820.4020 to schedule an appointment.