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.
Summer is finally here, and with its arrival, fireworks season is also here. We want you to have fun while keeping safety in mind, so here are some safety tips:
Fireworks Safety Tips
•Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Even older children must have adult supervision.
•Remember: Fireworks entice children to use matches or lighters. Teach children: Matches and lighters are dangerous tools, not toys.
•Follow the instructions on the fireworks packaging.
•Never shoot fireworks after drinking alcohol.
•Never set off fireworks in bottles, cans or other objects.
•Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
•Never shoot devices near buildings, over roofs or near power lines.
•Never try to re-light or fix fireworks that have not gone off. Wait 15 to 20 minutes before approaching a "dud" and then soak it with water.
•Always keep a safe distance from fireworks staging areas.
•Protect your eyes by wearing safety glasses or safety goggles. Wearing prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses or contact lenses provides little or no protection from fireworks.
•Soak fireworks devices with water after they appear to have burned out.
•Never use homemade fireworks.
•Never extend any part of the body over lit fireworks.
•Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose and a first aid kit nearby.
•Always follow local ordinances and directions of all local police and fire personnel.
•In case of eye injuries do not touch, rub or press the injured eye. Call 9-1-1 for paramedics who will treat the victim and safely transport him or her to a hospital.
•In case of burn injuries, cover with a dry dressing and call 9-1-1 for paramedic care.
Tips Specific to Sparklers
Sparklers are among the most common fireworks at private celebrations. Adults often let small children hold sparklers because sparklers seem harmless. But sparklers are dangerous. Sparklers get as hot as 2,000 degrees – as hot as a blow torch. They can cause serious burns long after burning out. To avoid injuries from sparklers:
•The safe way to enjoy sparklers is to plant them in the ground away from dry grass and then have an adult light them.
•Do not hold more than one sparkler at a time. Always stand when playing with sparklers and do not run while holding them.
•If two or more people are holding sparklers, they should be at least six feet from each other.
•Hold sparklers at arm's length, away from the body. Do not hand a lit sparkler to anyone.
•Wear shoes with closed toes.
•Adults and older children should never carry a child who is holding a sparkler.
We wish you a happy and safe summer!!!
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.