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Strains and Sprains: Symptoms and Treatment Options

physical therapyWarm weather brings a return to the outdoors and more vigorous activities, such as softball, running and yard work. This sudden increase in activity can cause a higher risk of injury, including two of the most common injuries, sprains and strains. Identifying the symptoms of a strain or sprain and knowing when to seek treatment can help prevent long-term pain and disability.

Sprain vs. Strain

From First Kicks to the World Cup: Rehab for Common Soccer-Related Injuries

World CupBillions of fans will focus on Brazil from June 12 to July 13 as elite athletes from all corners of the globe gather to compete in the world’s most anticipated sporting event – the World Cup.

Vestibular Patients: Beware of Allergy Season

vestibular patients and allergy seasonAfter a long, hard winter, spring is a welcome change, but with trees budding and grass pollens at a high level, allergy sufferers are on red alert. Patients who also have had vestibular issues, such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), may be more prone to develop symptoms (i.e. dizziness and vertigo) during allergy season.

"Homework" Essential for Pediatric Therapy Patients

Good Shepherd PediatricsFor children with developmental delays, orthopedic and/or medically complex issues, outpatient therapy with pediatric physical, speech and occupational therapists can be extremely helpful in maximizing function and independence.

Physical Therapy Is Often the Best Choice To Treat Herniated Discs

Do you know what is the leading cause of job-related disabilities? You might be surprised to learn that it is back pain.  It is estimated that 60 to 80 percent of people will have back pain at some time in their lives. One of most common causes of lower back pain is a herniated disc.

Physical Therapy Offers Benefits for Patients Undergoing Cancer Treatment

Lymphedema Therapy“Burning, tingling, sharp pains, numbness, tightness.”  These are often words used to describe peripheral neuropathy – a painful condition that occurs after chemotherapy treatment. This condition can occur in the hands and/or feet and severely limits patients’ activities, such as walking, driving, climbing stairs and completing  tasks with their hands. 

Performance-Saving Care for Musicians

therapy for musiciansThe Good Shepherd Physical Therapy-Bethlehem/Performing Arts Rehabilitation Center (GSPT-Bethlehem/PARC) is well known for its physical therapy work with dancers, but musicians are finding our specialized services to be performance-saving care.

Focus on Patient Satisfaction

Patient SatisfactionLike many health-care organizations, Good Shepherd measures our customer service performance using Press Ganey®, an independent research tool. The survey we use is fairly common, but the scores we receive are anything but typical.

How To Reuse and Recycle Adaptive Equipment

Assistive TechnologyThere are many ways to “go green,” such as turning off lights after leaving a room, unplugging appliances and chargers not being used or recycling items you no longer need. The Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership (REEP) Online Classifieds support the “go green” effort by using the same concept for adaptive equipment. 

Aquatic Physical Therapy Aids Bariatric Patients

Aquatic Physical TherapyPeople who are overweight may suffer from joint and back pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis and other medical conditions. When these individuals are referred for physical therapy, the thought of physical exercise may seem daunting, painful or intimidating.

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