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Rehabilitation Technology Benefits Stroke Patients

Rehabilitation TechnologyStroke patients can benefit from the latest technology, whether it is a robotic device called AlterG (formerly Tibion) that strengthens the legs, or vision therapy using LCD glasses to improve visual motor skills.

Rehab After a Sports Injury Can Put You Back in the Game

If you’re an athlete, sooner or later you may to have to deal with a sports injury.  The good news is that physical therapy can put you back in action, frequently to the same level of performance you enjoyed before your injury.

What Is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema TherapyPeople who have been treated for cancer and had lymph nodes removed are at risk of developing a debilitating condition called lymphedema, which causes swelling in any part of the body, but most commonly the arms or legs. While it is a chronic condition, there are many ways to treat and manage the disease.

The Truth About Exercise and Weight Loss

At Optimal Fitness at Good Shepherd’s Health & Technology Center, we offer a free one-hour assessment/personal training session to all new fitness members. Part of the assessment involves asking individuals what their goals are for attending the fitness center. The number one answer and often the only answer is "weight loss."

Physical Therapy Can Benefit Seniors

Seniors share many of the same health issues as other age groups, but they have some special needs of their own. Physical therapy can be an important resource for seniors to regain or maintain function and lead fulfilling lives.

Care Management Helps Patients Navigate Their Inpatient Stay

When an illness, unexpected injury or surgery results in a stay at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, the experience is often overwhelming.  Patients may have many questions, such as: How long will my stay last? Will I be able to manage at home when I am discharged?  What does my insurance cover? If I cannot pay for the care I need, is there support available?

A Win for Medicare Beneficiaries: Maintenance Therapy Cannot Be Denied

Physical TherapyIt’s not a secret that skilled therapy, under the guidance of a licensed therapist, is helpful to maintain function, increase strength and prevent regression/deterioration. Yet for decades, Medicare beneficiaries have been denied care based upon their condition being deemed “unlikely to improve.”

Autism: Understanding Recent Statistics

The Center for Disease Control (CDC), a government agency, just released some new statistics regarding the prevalence of autism among American school children. It says 1 in 50 children have been diagnosed with autism or a related disorder. Previously released data had the estimate much lower at 1 in 88 school children affected by autism.

Specialized Therapy for Performing Artists

By trade, dancers, musicians and other performing artists are often passionate and exceedingly dedicated to their craft. Therefore, much like athletes, professional and recreational artists have grueling practice schedules and incur repetitive and other injuries. But unlike athletes, performing artists have not had a dedicated rehabilitation team who understand and cater to their unique needs.

When Exercising Is a "Pain"

Many people who are new to an exercise program or who are increasing the intensity of their workouts feel a variety of aches and pains. What’s normal? When do you need to seek treatment or tone down your exercise program? As an exercise physiologist at Good Shepherd’s Optimal Fitness gym, I can provide a few guidelines. But whenever you are in doubt about pain or an injury, see your physician.

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