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Aphasia: A Hidden Disability

Most often caused by stroke, aphasia is a communication disability that occurs when the language centers of the brain are damaged. Aphasia may also be the result of brain surgery, brain infections, traumatic brain injuries or other neurological diseases, including dementia. 

How to Reduce Knee Pain Caused by Chondromalacia Patella (CMP)

Chrondromalacia patella, also known as patella femoral syndrome, is a condition where the cartilage under the knee cap (patella) has been damaged. 

Exercising with Asthma

The idea of a run in the park or a game of kickball with friends shouldn’t worry a person with asthma.  

For kids and adults with asthma, exercise is still recommended for its many benefits, and contrary to popular belief, it may actually improve their condition, not make it worse.

Dance Benefits People with Parkinson’s Disease

So, you think you can dance? You can – even if you suffer from Parkinson’s disease (PD). In fact, dance can be beneficial for people with PD, because it helps to combat symptoms, such as slowness of movement, tremors and/or instability that often result from loss of brain function.

How does dance help people with Parkinson’s disease?

Benefits of Therapeutic Yoga for Kids

The use of yoga as a therapeutic tool is gaining popularity as research shows the positive physical and emotional effects of practicing yoga. Yoga can benefit children diagnosed with a variety of special needs, including one of the most common childhood disorders —attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Urodynamic Testing Benefits People with Neurogenic Bladder Problems

For people who suffer from chronic illness or traumatic injury, the seemingly simple act of going to the bathroom can become difficult.

Normally, the kidneys transport excess water and salt out of the body through thin tubes called ureters, which deposit the fluid (urine) into an elastic-like pouch called the bladder. A network of nerves and muscles signals the bladder that it is full and ready to empty.

How to Encourage Positive Sleep Habits with Young Children

How many times have you awoken in the middle of the night because your child was calling your name, or worse, crying? Unfortunately, it is common for children – especially those with chronic health conditions – to have problems falling and staying asleep. The good news is that there are simple ways to encourage positive sleep habits at a young age so your child can enjoy sound sleep throughout his or her lifetime.

Proper Care and Hygiene of a Residual Limb

Whether you have had an upper or lower extremity amputation, proper care and hygiene of a residual limb is essential to your health and mobility. An infection or breakdown of your skin could lead to further amputation or the inability to use your prosthesis for some time, among other things.  

Consider these tips for daily care of your residual limb:

Concussion Care: Advocate for Your Student-Athlete

As parents we want nothing more than to protect our children, but unfortunately concussions can’t always be prevented. If your child suffers a concussion, you can be their best advocate by educating yourself and insisting on the best treatment options.

1. Educate yourself on concussions.

Guest Blog: Laughing At My Nightmare

Hi there! My name is Shane Burcaw. I’m a 23-year-old Bethlehem native, and have been receiving services from Good Shepherd since I was a toddler, splashing around with my dad in your adaptive swim classes. I’ve also been attending your MDA Clinic with Dr. Patterson, and have received wheelchair and driving evaluations. You could call me a super fan, I guess!


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