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This Patient Won’t Let Surgery Keep Him Down

Chris Bauer - Core Physical TherapyI would like to introduce you to Christopher Bauer. Chris is my former patient who is an inspiration for my own sporting undertakings.

Chris is a 48-year-old IT professional. His job is in Chicago, IL, but his wife lives here in Bethlehem and is a very busy professional herself.

10 Tips for Exercising in the Heat

The heat is on! Here are 10 tips to remember when taking your exercise routine outside this summer.

Living With Osteoarthritis

Do you wake up with pain in your joints? Are you stiff after long periods of inactivity? You are not alone.  Joint pain and stiffness are the most common signs of osteoarthritis, a chronic disease the affects 27 million Americans.

This Summer, Stay Safe in the Water

Summer is nearly here, and summer means water! Lakes, rivers, pools and the shore offer wonderful summer activities, including swimming, boating and just relaxing.

If you’re planning on having fun near the water this summer, you need to think about water safety. If you have kids, share these tips with them at an early age.

Swimming pools are fascinating for kids of all ages. Many accidental drownings occur when children access unwatched swimming pools or adults have an accident while swimming alone.

The most important rule of water safety is to NEVER SWIM ALONE.

How Do I Prevent a Second (or Third) Stroke?

Every year, about 795,000 people experience a stroke. Of these, approximately 185,000 are recurrent strokes, meaning that they are experienced by individuals who have previously had one or more strokes.

If you’ve already had a stroke, you’re at greater risk to have another. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent a recurrent stroke.

The most important ways to prevent recurrent strokes are to make lifestyle changes, manage medical conditions and listen to your doctor’s advice.

Getting Back To Life after a Knee Replacement

Does walking up a flight of stairs cause pain in your knee? Do you feel stiffness and pain even while doing simple, everyday tasks or pain in your knee while sleeping? Is your lifestyle hampered by pain, causing you to not do some of the things you love because your knee can’t handle it?

It might be time for knee replacement surgery.

Coping With a Stroke: What to Expect When Becoming a Caregiver to Your Parent

It’s every person’s worst nightmare. The phone rings and it’s a hospital attendant on the other end telling you your parent has suffered a stroke.

This can change your life in a single moment, sending you into a world of changes and new obstacles. You have now become the caregiver.

This is a scary experience, but it need not blindside you totally. You can cope if you are prepared for the changes that lie ahead, and you are willing to take the necessary time to learn how to care for your parent.

Don’t Let Shoulder Pain Stop Your Warm-Weather Plans

Whether it’s digging in the garden or throwing a baseball in the backyard with the kids, this is the season for having fun outdoors. But it can also be the time for shoulder pain.

eLEGS Another Example of the Raker Legacy of Innovation

elegs exoskeletonThe legacy of the Raker family, who founded Good Shepherd more than 100 years ago, is a legacy of innovation, and examples of this organization’s innovative spirit can be found throughout our storied history.

Play Time Can Be Learning Time for Every Child

Play is an important aspect in every child’s developmental process. Toys can teach children a variety of skills, including fine-motor skills, visual focus and sense of control over their environment, to name a few.

Through play, children become aware of their surroundings and their capabilities, and they expand their imagination and curiosity. Toys prompt children to not only have fun, but to sustain their curiosity to keep learning.

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