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Anyone can get influenza. Get vaccinated!

Did you know that approximately one out of every five Americans becomes ill with influenza each year?

The flu is a serious respiratory illness that is easily spread and can lead to severe complications, even death, for you or someone you love.

The best way to prevent influenza is to receive the annual flu vaccine, and to make sure everyone in your family receives it as well. The flu vaccine is both safe and effective, and it will help protect you and your family from influenza.

I've been diagnosed with MS. Now what do I do?

Learning that you have MS can be frightening. It’s a diagnosis that changes your life, and, as people with MS can attest, managing the symptoms of the disease can be frustrating and complex.

While everyone’s MS is unique, there are some similarities, and there are some lessons that can be shared.

Why I Support the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

I became president and CEO of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in 1997. It was then that I met the beloved Rev. Dr. Conrad W. Raker, son of Good Shepherd’s founders and long-time administrator.

Customer Service Is King in Health Care

In health care, competition is clear. There are health-care providers – small and large – seemingly around every corner. That means that you have a choice. When you need post-acute care, you can choose Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network or you can choose one of our competitors.  Clearly, we want you to choose Good Shepherd. 

Using Technology To Help Stroke Survivors with Balance and Walking Issues

Lite Gait Rehabilitation TechnologyOften, individuals find they have issues walking normally or balancing after a stroke. When combined with expert hands-on therapies, certain rehabilitation technologies can help get stroke survivors standing and walking normally again. 

Fibromyalgia: The Dots on the Image

Welcome to my Fibromyalgia blog. The topics discussed will also apply to many other pain conditions, such as myofascial pain, arthritis and chronic fatigue. The topics discussed are a result of years of interacting with you, the patient. For each lesson taught, there is a lesson learned. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to interact with so many wonderful patients. Thank you for teaching me along the way.

Technology Makes Things Possible for Stroke Patients with Foot Drop

Ness L300“For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.”

This quote, which appeared in an IBM manual, circa 1991, is one of my favorites, and it is especially relevant for stroke survivors.

Help Your Back Pain with the McKenzie Method

Back pain is a real problem for millions of Americans. In fact, it is estimated that 50 to 75 percent of adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives(1). Some people will have stiffness in their backs, while others may have radiating leg pain, weakness or altered sensation. Those with back pain have an increased chance of the symptoms recurring.

If you suffer from back pain, there is hope. One treatment option for back pain is the McKenzie Method.

Fibromyalgia: The Game of Straws

Welcome to my Fibromyalgia blog. The topics discussed will also apply to many other pain conditions, such as myofascial pain, arthritis and chronic fatigue. The topics discussed are a result of years of interacting with you, the patient. For each lesson taught, there is a lesson learned. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to interact with so many wonderful patients. Thank you for teaching me along the way.

Physical Therapy Can Help Weekend Warriors Get Back Into Action

There are 78 million baby boomers in America, and many of them are as active as ever. While boomers may feel they can do the same physical activities they did at a younger age, their bodies may now have a different idea. That means that baby boomers are often susceptible to strains, pains and sports injuries.

Whether you have tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, or another common sports injury, physical therapy can help you get back into action. Here’s how:

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