Better Balance Reduces Falls
While one in three adults over age 65 will experience a fall, age is not the only culprit in one’s risk of falling. Problems with balance affect people at all ages and stages of life.
There are a number of factors that could hinder balance, including: vision, eye coordination, concussion, problems with the middle ear, the ability to feel sensations through one’s foot, range of motion in ankles or hips and medication (including common blood pressure medications). Read more .
Living with Spinal Stenosis
You 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. Read more .
Childhood Speech Delays
Does your baby babble? It’s always a good sign if he or she does.
It is normal and healthy for babies to babble and experiment with vocals even before they recognize words,” says Janelle Hiester, MS, CCC-SLP/L, a speech-language pathologist with Good Shepherd’s Pediatrics Program. “A baby’s lack of ‘babble’ or ‘baby talk’ could be an early sign of a speech delay or disorder.”
To recognize signs of a speech disorder, pay close attention to a child’s speech patterns. Read more .
Start Walking for Fitness
Consistent, brisk walking can reduce the risk of heart disease by the same amount as more vigorous exercise such as running.
According to Amy Flynn, MS, an exercise physiologist at Good Shepherd’s Optimal Fitness Center, your first step before beginning a walking program is to discuss it with your family physician, who may know something about your medications or conditions that may impact your ability to exercise. Read more .
Short-term Rehabilitation: You Have a Choice
You may have noticed ads and billboards in the region promoting short-term rehabilitation. But did you know you have the right to choose an inpatient rehabilitation facility following an illness or injury, such as an orthopedic injury, stroke, multiple trauma, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or amputation? Read more .
Staying Strong as We Age
Many assume that loss of muscle strength and function – debility – is an unavoidable part of the aging process. The reality is that adults can often remain physically active throughout their lives, and there is help for older adults who need to regain strength and improve their ability to perform everyday activities. Read more .
Female Athletes and ACL Tears
Did you know that female athletes are more susceptible to ACL (anterior cruciate ligament of the knee) tears than male athletes? There are a number of reasons, including basic anatomy, differences in the way a female’s muscles contract and react, hormonal influences and biomechanical considerations related to the position of knees during athletic activities. Read more .
What's New at Good Shepherd?
Good Shepherd’s staff works to provide the latest therapies and technologies to our patients. Here is what is new at Good Shepherd:
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Everyone's at Risk for Concussion
Athletes seem to get all the headlines when it comes to discussions about properly managing the effects of concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury. But concussions also can be caused by automobile accidents, falls and other blows to the head. People of all ages — athletes and non-athletes — can suffer from a concussion, and it is important to evaluate and treat the symptoms for all concussion patients. Read more .
Stay Connected to Good Shepherd
Want to keep up with what’s new at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network? Here are ways to stay connected to Good Shepherd. Read more .
Treat Back Pain Without Surgery
Almost 75 percent of people report back pain at some point in their lives. Fortunately, most are able to find relief without surgery.
“Many people can relieve pain with therapy and lifestyle changes,” says Dennis Duerring, physical therapist at Good Shepherd Physical Therapy. “Surgery is always a last resort.” Read more. 
Ease Arthritis Pain in Your Hands
Arthritis in the hand can make it difficult to do simple things, like turning a key or opening a jar. Medication can ease arthritis pain, but therapies offer additional relief and mobility.
Opening a jar. Turning a door knob. Holding a grocery bag. An arthritic hand can make the simplest things in life difficult.. Read more. 
Top iPad Apps to Help Kids Learn
Kids of all ages love technology, which is why the iPad makes such a great teaching tool. Our occupational therapist helps you choose the best educational apps for your child.
With so many great apps, how can you choose the best ones for your child? Good Shepherd Pediatric Program’s Wanda Kolipinski, an occupational therapist and assistive technology professional, offers suggestions. Read more. 
Rehabilitation after Brain Tumor Surgery
The key to recovering from brain tumor surgery is rehabilitation by a specially trained team of clinicians.
The incidence of brain tumors is increasing, especially in older people, and some speculate that the increase is the result of exposure to electromagnetic fields or industrial hazards. Others believe that advanced imaging technology has led to better detection and, therefore, more reported cases.
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High-Tech Devices Give Patients a Second Chance
Rehabilitation technologies at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation give patients with conditions like stroke, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis a second chance at recovery.
Bionic legs, electrical stimulation and a wearable robotic “skeleton” may sound like science fiction, but these rehabilitation technologies are giving patients with conditions like stroke, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis a second chance at recovery at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation. Read more .
Therapists Use Steel Instruments to Treat Pain and Injury
Therapists at Good Shepherd are using stainless steel instruments to help patients recover from injury and find relief from pain. These tools are a key component of the Graston Technique.
Therapists at Good Shepherd are using uniquely designed stainless steel instruments to help patients recover from injury and find relief from pain. With the instruments, therapists can deliver targeted soft tissue mobilization, or massage, at the deepest level. Read more .