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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.

Follow the Action and Local Athletes in the Paralympic Games

Paralympic GamesAre you already missing the excitement of the Winter Olympic Games? There’s more action to come, as the Paralympic Games get underway in Sochi on March 7.

Fall Prevention for Older Adults

Fall Prevention for Older AdultsDid you know that falls are the leading cause of fractures and spinal cord injuries in the senior population and one of the leading causes of death? One in three adults over 65 experiences a fall at least once a year. An important part of preserving an older adult’s health, well-being and independence is fall prevention.  

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