physical therapy

Fall Prevention Tips for Older Adults

fall prevention tipsFalling is a serious problem among our senior population. One in three adults over 65 falls each year, resulting in more than 700,000 hospitalizations due to associated injuries, from hip fractures to brain trauma. But falling is not inevitable: There many things seniors can do to lower their risk of falling, from addressing health issues to implementing safety measures at home.

Physical Therapy: What to Expect Following Joint Replacement Surgery

outpatient joint replaementSurgery to replace a joint, like a hip, knee or shoulder, can be scary – especially when you don’t know what to expect afterwards. Will recovery be painful? How long will it take to heal? What will physical therapy be like? Will rehab be difficult?

Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding outpatient physical therapy following a joint replacement:

Anti-Gravity Treadmill Makes Galactic Impact on Rehab

AlterG antigravity treadmillGravity is highly overrated – at least when it comes to recovering from an injury or surgery. Gravity, the natural force that causes objects to pull toward the center of the Earth, has a significant, and often painful, impact on joints, such as hips, knees and ankles.

Women's Health: Treating Pelvic Floor Disorders

Women's HealthLet’s face it - talking about certain topics makes us uncomfortable. As children, many of us were taught that discussing bathroom habits and sexual issues was impolite, naughty, or out and out taboo. It’s no wonder then, as grown women, we often shy away from discussing topics related to bladder and bowel control, sexual discomfort and pain “down there” – symptoms of pelvic floor disorders.  

Strains and Sprains: Symptoms and Treatment Options

physical therapyWarm weather brings a return to the outdoors and more vigorous activities, such as softball, running and yard work. This sudden increase in activity can cause a higher risk of injury, including two of the most common injuries, sprains and strains. Identifying the symptoms of a strain or sprain and knowing when to seek treatment can help prevent long-term pain and disability.

Sprain vs. Strain

From First Kicks to the World Cup: Rehab for Common Soccer-Related Injuries

World CupBillions of fans will focus on Brazil from June 12 to July 13 as elite athletes from all corners of the globe gather to compete in the world’s most anticipated sporting event – the World Cup.

Physical Therapy Is Often the Best Choice To Treat Herniated Discs

Do you know what is the leading cause of job-related disabilities? You might be surprised to learn that it is back pain.  It is estimated that 60 to 80 percent of people will have back pain at some time in their lives. One of most common causes of lower back pain is a herniated disc.

Physical Therapy Offers Benefits for Patients Undergoing Cancer Treatment

Lymphedema Therapy“Burning, tingling, sharp pains, numbness, tightness.”  These are often words used to describe peripheral neuropathy – a painful condition that occurs after chemotherapy treatment. This condition can occur in the hands and/or feet and severely limits patients’ activities, such as walking, driving, climbing stairs and completing  tasks with their hands. 

Performance-Saving Care for Musicians

therapy for musiciansThe Good Shepherd Physical Therapy-Bethlehem/Performing Arts Rehabilitation Center (GSPT-Bethlehem/PARC) is well known for its physical therapy work with dancers, but musicians are finding our specialized services to be performance-saving care.

Recently Discovered Ligament Has Implications for Rehab

knee painMost sports enthusiasts have heard of the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). ACL injuries by big name athletes, like NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III and NBA point guard Derrick Rose, keep the ligament in the news, but even with increased exposure and advancements in medical knowledge, not all is completely understood about the human body. Believe it or not, ligaments are still being discovered and studied.

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