Monday, December 10, 2018

Trigger Finger

         A common condition when a finger, or thumb, gets stuck in a bent position, and straightening it causes a painful “snap.”
This happens when inflammation develops around the tendon inside the tendon sheath (a tissue “tube” surrounding the tendon), and is called tenosynovitis. The inflammation narrows the space between the tendon and its sheath, and the thumb or finger gets “stuck” in the bent position.
This painful condition often results from repetitive gripping motions with the hand(s).
My treatment plan includes gently adjusting the involved finger, anti-inflammatory management, and splinting of the finger in a straightened position while the inflammation resolves.  

Monday, December 3, 2018

Ventana Wilderness Alliance

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     As an avid hiker and backpacker for many years in the Central Coast and the Sierra, my support of wilderness preservation is very personal. Early on, John Muir’s words touched my soul: “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.” 
     Climbing trails into the rugged Santa Lucias with breathtaking views of the Pacific at my back, sleeping on the ground in coast live oak woodlands, waking to the raucous chatter of acorn woodpeckers—these are vivid and cherished memories. My grandchildren have been my camping and hiking companions throughout their childhoods, and I have taught them to be safe hikers and careful stewards of wilderness in our many adventures together.
     I care deeply that public lands be protected, be preserved, and remain available for all to enjoy, and I applaud and support the work of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance. 
Donations made to VWA via Monterey County Gives!--now through Dec. 31, 2018--will be matched up to $30,000 by a Challenge Gift  https://www.montereycountygives.com/nonprofit/ventana-wilderness-alliance/            

Founded in 1998, the Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA) is a CA nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, dedicated to protecting the wildlands of California's northern Santa Lucia mountain range www.ventanawild.org