HandWorks Hand Therapy provides certified hand therapy and individualized treatment for patients with traumatic injuries and acquired conditions of the upper extremity. Clinic director and certified hand therapist, occupational therapist, Sally P. Gillenson, MBA, MS, OTR, CHT, fabricates custom dynamic and static splints (orthotics) and provides certified hand therapy/ treatment in Bergen County in northern NJ. She has more than 15 years of experience treating complex hand, wrist, and elbow injuries as well as arthritis, Dupuytren's contracture, and repetitive strain injuries including cubital and carpal tunnel.
HANDWORKS SEASONAL TIPS:
HandWorks would like to express our warmest wishes for a safe and joyful holiday season. Family members will be traveling many miles in order to spend time together watching classic holiday movies, rooting for favorite football teams, and reminiscing about holidays past. In most American households, the traditional holiday turkey will be served.
In fact, at Thanksgiving, Americans cook and consume approximately 46 million turkeys each year, and unless done properly, the process of carving the bird can lead to stress, mess, and even possible injuries.
We at HandWorks want to share some safe handling and carving tips for you and your family to utilize when cooking your seasonal bird of choice.
1. Refrigerate poultry immediately as soon as you bring it home from the store to avoid bacteria growth.
2. Never thaw poultry on a countertop as bacteria can develop easily on a turkey or chicken at room temperature. It is better to thaw a turkey in your refrigerator in a pan of cold water. It is recommended to change this water every 30 minutes; this will help facilitate thawing.
3. Wash your hands, utensils, dishes, cutting boards or work surfaces with HOT, SOAPY water after handling or working with raw poultry; this will guard against the spread of bacteria to other foods being prepared in the kitchen.
4. Use acrylic cutting boards as opposed to porous wooden cutting boards when cutting raw or cooked poultry, because wooden boards are more difficult to thoroughly wash after use.
5. Use one dish for raw poultry and another for cooked food.
6. Once the turkey or other poultry item is cooked, remove it from the oven, cover the meat with foil, and allow the turkey to rest for 20 to 30 minutes. This allows the meat to firm up and makes it easier to carve as the meat will not be slippery or rubbery. Also transfer the turkey to a solid cutting board in the kitchen (avoid cutting at the table as there isn’t usually as much room and most platters are not as stable as the cutting board).
7. Always cut a turkey or chicken with a sharp knife or electric knife.
8. Slice off the thigh and leg first. Do this by grasping the tip of one of the drumsticks with your fingers, and then pull the leg away from the body, making sure to pull the thigh out and down until the joint “pops” out of the hip joint. This procedure helps identify the thigh from the body. Cut at the broken joint by using the tip of the knife, making sure to cut as close to the body as possible. Repeat this on the opposite side.
9. To carve the breast meat, first steady the bird with a large fork and then make a deep horizontal cut into the breast just above each wing, but do not slice free from the bird completely. This technique identifies the end of each slice of breast meat. Now, beginning at the top outer edge of one side of each breast, cut from the top of the breast in a downward direction creating a horizontal slice. Continue this until reaching the final smaller slices then follow the curve of the breastbone, reaching the final smaller slices.
10.Finally, remove each wing by cutting through the joint where the wing bone(s) meets the backbone.
Safe travels, and Happy Holidays to you and your family with warmest regards from HandWorks!
Reference: Better Homes and Garden cookbook
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, and elbow. 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.