World Arthritis Day! #WADHigh5

by TOI Admin October 12, 2015

World Arthritis Day (WAD) is...

A global initiative bringing people together to raise awareness of issues affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). WAD is recognized every year on October 12!  

Did you know?

RMDs can affect people of all ages including children and babies and if not treated appropriately, daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, cooking and personal hygiene and working are affected – reducing quality of life and impacting on physicalabilities[1],[2]

The prevalence of clinical anxiety and depression in those with RMDs is about twice that seen in the general population

Here's what YOU can do...

High 5 for World Arthritis Day’ forms part of the wider two-year World Arthritis Day campaign: 'It's in your hands, take action'. Our aim is to encourage people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) along with their families and friends, carers, healthcare professionals, policy-makers, researchers and the general public to seize every opportunity to make a difference to the quality of life of people with RMDs. 

Take action by sharing virtual High 5s on social media until end of October. uSE #WADHigh5

[1]. 10 things you should know about rheumatic diseases fact sheet. EULAR. Available at:

[2]. Physical activities and exercises for people with RMDs fact sheet. World Arthritis Day. Available at:

Bone and Joint Action Week

by TOI Admin October 9, 2015


An annual global event, Bone and Joint Action Week is held October 12-20 with activities focused on disorders including arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma. The events and projects organized by individuals and organizations worldwide are designed to raise awareness of prevention, disease management and treatments as well as advances in a number of areas.

You will find activities to do and ways to become better informed below. But before that, take a look at some facts:

  • More than half the American population over the age of 18 - 54 percent - are affected by musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions, according to The Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States.(1)
  • One in three (33%) people over the age of 18 required medical care for a musculoskeletal condition in each of the years 2009 to 2011, a 19% increase over the last decade.(2)
  • Bone and joint conditions are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability worldwide affecting hundreds of millions of people.(3)
  • Musculoskeletal conditions include back pain, arthritis, traumatic injuries, osteoporosis, spinal deformity, and childhood conditions.
  • The global prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions is predicted to increase greatly due to increasing life expectancy and changes in risk factors unless new treatments and preventive measures are found.
  • Musculoskeletal conditions can lead to significant disability plus diminished productivity and quality of life. Treatment and lost wage costs associated with musculoskeletal diseases in the U.S. alone was estimated at $874 billion in 2009 to 2011 - equal to 5.73 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).(2)
  • Research funding is currently less than 2 percent of the National Institutes of Health annual budget, and continues to decline each year despite the high costs associated with injuries, arthritis, and back pain.
  • Since 2011, when "Baby Boomers" became beneficiaries of Medicare, the economic and societal cost of bone and joint health escalated and is expected to continue for decades.

Now is the time to raise awareness - and the reason for Bone and Joint Action Week.

In addition to activities throughout the week, there are five special days during Action Week.

  • October 12 - World Arthritis Day
  • October 16 - World Spine Day
  • October 17 - World Trauma Day
  • October 19 - World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day
  • October 20 - World Osteoporosis Day

You’re in Safe Hands: Happy Occupational Therapy Month

by TOI Admin April 15, 2015

April is Ocupational Therapy (OT) Month! TOI would like to wish our Hand Therapists, Technicians, and Staff a very Happy OT Month!

Thank you for all you do to help our patients rehabilitate their hands to better perform the activities of their daily lives. Our patients can rest assured that their hands fit safely in ours. 

We would like to recognize our Occupational Therapy Staff:




Kailey Bedford

Tammi Wilson

Lisa Hagan

Michelle Maddux

Kirsten Courtney

Beverly Lasseter

Rachel Williams

Stephanie Maddox

Lauren Trahan

Kerri Kitchens

Krystle Holdaway

Brittany Yearout

Kelley Oyenarte


Ariel Harrison 

Vicki Arcaya


Samantha Bruce

Ali Damico


Carol Clanton

Natalie Doyle



About Occupational Therapy for the Hands

Occupational therapy (OT) enables people of all ages live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. Hand therapy, a specialty practice area of occupational therapy, is typically concerned with treating orthopedic-based upper-extremity conditions to optimize the functional use of the hand and arm.

Conditions seen by the occupational therapy practitioner specializing in this area include fractures of the hand or arm, lacerations and amputations, burns, and surgical repairs of tendons and nerves. Acquired conditions such as tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome also are treated by hand specialists.

The ultimate goal of occupation-based hand therapy is to ensure that the rehabilitation process promotes healing while also enabling clients to perform meaningful activities both in the clinic and in their daily lives. This approach fosters positive outcomes for clients, including enhancing their satisfaction with the therapy experience and results, maintaining the ability to engage in desired roles within their family and the community, and most importantly, experiencing quality of life as they define it.

1 Developed by Debbie Amini, EdD, OTR/L, CHT, for the American Occupational Therapy Association. Copyright © 2011 by the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

Where does it hurt? “Click” to find out!

by TOI Admin February 9, 2015

What if you could just “click” where it hurts to find out why you are having pain and how you can fix it? Well, The Orthopaedic Institute’s website has just the interactive feature to help you. Our Conditions and Procedures Animation Library allows you to “click where it hurts” to learn about what’s bothering you and how to find a solution to your pain.

You can choose from different body parts such as elbow, foot, ankle, spine, knee, hand and more. Once you select your body part, you then choose a condition or you can view the anatomy of that body part. This can help you have a better understanding of what’s going on inside your body and where the pain is coming from.

You can also search through different non-surgical and surgical procedures that one of TOI’s physicians may perform to relieve your pain.  The procedures are animated and narrated to show you what will happen step-by-step throughout the process.

Our Conditions and Procedures Animation Library allows you to print educational brochures to share with your physician, family or friends, as well.

Once you have a better understanding of what’s ailing you, click HERE to request an appointment or call us at 352.336.6000. 

Physician Presentation: Dr. Zakariah Mahmood's "Your Elbows to your Fingertips – Common Orthopaedic Problems"

by TOI Admin November 11, 2014

Are you suffering from pain in your elbow, hand, or fingertips? The Orthopaedic Institute's Zakariah S. Mahmood will describe the most common upper extremity conditions and explain the surgical and non-surgical treatment options that are available to help you.

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Comfort Suites - The Villages

Presentation will begin at 2 pm.

To register, please call 1-800-530-1188.


Dr. Zakariah S. Mahmood

Dr. Mahmood graduated from the Miller School of Medicine at The University of Miami, where he also completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency. He concluded his Fellowship Training in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Mahmood is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery with areas of clinical interest in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, general Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery. Dr. Mahmood is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand

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