Pat Nichols (Occupational Therapist specializing in Hand therapy) is a hidden gem. Her knowledge, professionalism and understanding is amazing. Not just of the intense pain and how It affects our daily lives (not being able to use your hands/thumbs w/out pain for even the simplest of actions such as blow drying your hair, buttoning a shirt or your pants or just being able to open a door). Pat goes above and beyond to explain how the tendons and ligaments work and how together we can reduce or even eliminate the pain w/out lots of drugs.
She made special braces for my thumbs (diagnosis = severe trigger fingers) and gave me simple exercises to do that have totally eased the intense pain and deep burning sensation I had in both hands – no surgery, just diligent work and the right treatment made all the difference.
If you are having hand pain, don’t wait until it gets unbearable (as I did), contact ReQuest for a free 15 minute orthopedic screening, you have nothing to lose and lots of pain to lose.
Thank you Pat for giving me hope and helping me get back to my life pain free!
-Karen Coley-Cannon/ GHF Membership Advisor