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Living with Spinal Stenosis

Spinal StenosisYou start your day feeling fine and decide to head to the local mall. As you start to walk through the mall, pain begins in your thigh. You find a bench, sit down and the pain goes away. What you may be experiencing is spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column that causes pressure on the spinal cord or the openings where spinal nerves leave the spinal column.

Keep Your Family and Pets Safe on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude and enjoy a holiday meal with family and friends.  Unfortunately, with all the gatherings, it is also a time when cooking fires peak and when animals overindulge on treats that can upset their digestion. Here are some tips to help keep you, your family and your pets safe during this Thanksgiving holiday.

Prevent Cooking Fires

Environmental Control Leads to Greater Independence

Imagine you are not able to move your hands and have to ask someone for help with everyday tasks, like turning on the lights, lowering the blinds or switching on the television? People with paralysis and other severe disabilities experience such challenges, but technology can offer greater independence.

New Hope for Those Suffering from Chronic Headaches

chronic headachesDo you suffer from chronic headaches? You are not alone. An estimated 40 and 50 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches. Roughly 15 percent of the U.S. population suffers from debilitating migraine headaches, which are one of the most common medical conditions in the Western world. The American Council for Headache Education (ACHE) estimates that 95 percent of women and 90 percent of men in the U.S.

Choosing an Outpatient Site for Your Physical Therapy Needs

If you have had surgery or are unable to perform your normal activities due to pain from an injury, arthritis or overuse, your physician may recommend outpatient physical or occupational therapy.  Good Shepherd outpatient sites address these common orthopedic problems, as well as serve patients with neurological problems such as

Tips for a Safe Halloween

The trick to making Halloween a fun-filled night for kids is to make it safe. For parents, there are plenty of safety tips to consider before, during and after the big event.

Pick a Spooktacular, Safe Costume

What You Need To Know About Therapy Caps

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (GSRN) is committed to providing outstanding care and advocating on behalf of our patients’ rehabilitation needs. You may have heard about the limitations on outpatient therapy that were implemented by Medicare (CMS) on October 1, 2012. Some older adults may be putting off physical rehabilitation for fear that they will be financially responsible for the cost due to the new limitations.

Telespeech Program Closes the Gap from Allentown to East Stroudsburg

Thanks to technology, the distance between Good Shepherd’s Allentown campus and its site at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg seems to be growing smaller. The new Telespeech Program, using secure, two-way video-conferencing technology, similar to Skype, connects patients at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation at Pocono Medical Center with speech therapists at the main campus in Allentown. 

Volunteer: It’s Good for Your Health

Volunteering in your community is not just chicken soup for your soul – it’s also good for your health. Research shows that volunteering can lower certain health risks associated with anxiety and depression.

Becoming engaged and giving back to your community improves your general well-being. It promotes higher self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth that can help in all aspects of your life.

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