Be Well Blog
Your guide to a healthier body and mind from the experts at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.
By Denise Stryker, MA, CCC-SLP/L, Speech Language Pathologist and Sherri Repsher, MS, CCC-SLP/L, Speech Language Pathologist, Clinical Supervisor
One of the most frustrating aspects of suffering a stroke is recovering the ability to communicate.
For a patient with back pain, simple activities like sitting, standing and walking can be difficult. Back pain symptoms can range in intensity from a slight “tight feeling” in the back to severe back and/or leg pain. Physical therapy offers many treatment options for patients with back pain. Read more »
“When he gets hungry enough, he’ll eat.”
“We don’t play with our food. We eat it.”
“Kids can live on mac and cheese. Can’t they?”
Are you guilty of using one of these phrases? If so, then you’ve probably faced the high-chair hero. He won’t open his mouth for anything or anyone – not even if Sponge Bob himself were the one holding the spoon. He gives you the trademark head turn. He cries big crocodile tears and repeats the word “no” over and over again. Welcome to the dinner dilemma! Read more »
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a well-known condition that affects many people. The two most common questions about carpal tunnel syndrome are what it is and how can it be treated?
What is carpal tunnel syndrome? Read more »
Do you have weakness in one leg and have trouble walking? Whether you suffer from multiple sclerosis, arthritis, an orthopedic condition or have suffered a stroke, the AlterG Bionic Leg (formerly Tibion Bionic Leg) can provide a second chance to help regain your strength and the ability to walk. Read more »
As a physical therapist
and director of outpatient musculoskeletal services at Good Shepherd, I am always pleased when we can offer our patients a new treatment that can help them recover from a painful condition or injury. We’ve recently introduced our patients to the Graston Technique®, a form of manual soft tissue therapy involving the use of stainless steel instruments contoured to the body. The therapist uses the instruments to apply pressure to the affected area, breaking dow
Snow shoveling brings increased visits to local emergency rooms and physician offices as a result of lower back injuries. Improper body mechanics can result in muscular strain or possibly a more serious injury, such as a herniated disc or disc degeneration.
The following guidelines will help you prevent injuries and move snow more effectively: Read more »
The new year seems to bring with it endless possibilities. You vow to begin and stick with an exercise plan, and you’re extremely motivated…for now. By the end of January, however, you’re probably ready to throw in the towel if you haven’t already. Sound familiar?
Many people repeat this scenario year after year, and it’s not because they don’t have good intentions. The problem is that we live in an on-demand society. When we don’t see improvement quickly, it’s difficult to stay motivated. Read more »
“I love you.”
These are all simple phrases that help us connect with the outside world. But, what if you could not speak to communicate your needs or express yourself? Technology can literally give you a voice. Read more »