Be Well Blog
Your guide to a healthier body and mind from the experts at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.
Do you have back pain? Do you experience joint pain? The first step toward regaining function may be a visit to a physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physician.
PM&R physicians are specialists who complete four years of residency training in the diagnosis, non-operative treatment and rehabilitation of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders that impact function. Read more »
Have you seen the YouTube video of a 10-month-old baby playing with a magazine? She touched the page, squeezed her fingers together, pointed and swiped at the page, but nothing happened.
When her mother replaced the magazine with an iPad, the baby achieved results. The experience became interactive, and the little girl completed the same fine motor, finger and hand movements. Plus, she learned a valuable lesson about cause and effect play.
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There's no doubt that technology has changed our world — making it easier to stay connected. But for many people with disabilities, technology provides something much more valuable than convenience, it provides independence.
Assistive technology (AT) is a very broad term that is used across disciplines to describe any device or system that allows one with disabilities to increase their ability to function and maintain independence. Read more »
Foot pain is a very common problem that becomes more prevalent as people age. The use of poor-fitting or non-supportive shoes is one of the primary causes of foot pain and deformity. Unfortunately, wearing ill-fitting shoes is very common. In order to promote better foot health, I offer the following recommendations for the proper fitting of shoes. Read more »
Driving a car is not only convenient, and a majority of the time necessary, but it also provides a feeling of independence. For many individuals who have suffered a life-changing event, such as a stroke, that feeling of independence is important.
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Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is an increasingly recognized chronic pain illness that is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal aches, pain and stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, general fatigue and sleep disturbances. The most common sites of pain include the neck, back, shoulders, pelvic girdle and hands, but any body part can be involved. Fibromyalgia patients experience a range of symptoms of varying intensities that wax and wane over time – similar to a roller coaster. Read more »
“Torticollis” is not a fancy name for a turtle or a pastry! It is actually an acute, congenital or acquired condition affecting the muscles in a person’s neck. Torticollis is characterized by a tilt of the head to one side with the chin turned to the opposite side. Read more »
The topic of youth and professional sports-related concussions has been making the news recently. In Pennsylvania, legislation was recently passed that establishes standards for managing concussions and other brain injuries among student athletes. Read more »
With the return to school comes the dreaded routine of homework for some families. For children who have difficulty with handwriting, homework can be especially stressful. It is estimated that 30 to 60 percent of an elementary school student's day involves handwriting. Research indicates that difficulty with handwriting contributes to an overall lower school performance.
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Recently, I had the honor of serving as chief classifer for adaptive rowing at the World Rowing Championships, held on beautiful Lake Bled in Slovenia. The competition included five adaptive rowing events, four of which were qualification events for the Paralympics. One of the great things about most rowing competitions is that the adaptive rowing events are included with the “able-bodied” events. Most other sports hold separate adaptive and able-bodied world championship competitions. Read more »