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Cardiac patients may be missing out on rehabilitation benefits
Cardiac patients may be missing out on rehabilitation benefits

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. While ways to prevent heart disease are widely known and touted by our health professionals, the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation for those who

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What you need to know about speech therapy
What you need to know about speech therapy

The ability to communicate is vital to how we experience the world and engage in our daily lives. When we lose the ability to speak or to be understood by others, due to physical trauma or a condition, it can be devastating. A person can develop communication problems if they have a stroke, traumatic brain

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Neurologic rehabilitation: A multidisciplinary approach to care
Neurologic rehabilitation: A multidisciplinary approach to care

Suffering a stroke or a traumatic brain injury can be a complex and devastating event that can drastically change a person’s quality of life. Injuries to the brain can result in loss of mobility, speech function, and cognitive ability. Neurologic rehabilitation is a program designed for people with diseases, trauma or disorders of the nervous

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Got back pain? You may have spinal stenosis
Got back pain? You may have spinal stenosis

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, an estimated 80 percent of people will experience some type of back and neck pain in their lifetime. As the body grows older, the likelihood that the culprit behind that pain is spinal stenosis increases. The regular wear and tear of aging can wreak havoc on our spine

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Ways to beat the “Winter Blues”
Ways to beat the “Winter Blues”

Earlier sunsets and falling temperatures are sure signs that winter has arrived in the Southeast. But, for some people these signs are dreadful reminders that their “Winter Blues” will make a return. “Winter Blues” is a common name for a type of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  SAD comes and goes with the

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Fruits and vegetables seniors need to stay healthy
Fruits and vegetables seniors need to stay healthy

No matter how old we get the importance of good nutrition will never diminish. Just because we grow beyond the age of having parents to encourage us to eat right does not mean we can leave fruits and vegetables out of our diets. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), many diseases that older people

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What you need to know about swallowing problems
What you need to know about swallowing problems

Eating and drinking are some of the most basic human functions needed for survival. We often take these abilities for granted or don’t think about them at all. However, for people with swallowing problems, eating and drinking are challenges that make living a normal life nearly impossible. The ability to swallow is not a passive

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Three ways to prepare for joint replacement surgery
Three ways to prepare for joint replacement surgery

Joint replacement surgery is one of the most common orthopaedic procedures performed in the United States. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, in 2011, more than one million hip and knee replacement surgeries were performed in the U.S. As our bodies age, the likelihood of needing one or more joints replaced becomes more

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How to practice good nutrition during the holidays
How to practice good nutrition during the holidays

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are nearly upon us, bringing promises of good times and good food. The holiday season is usually a time for gatherings with friends and family that include plentiful food and drinks. These times can also mean overindulging in some of our favorite comfort foods and desserts. A typical holiday meal

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How to use a walker properly
How to use a walker properly

The need for an ambulatory assistive device may become necessary as we age or experience injuries that impact our mobility. These devices are often used to help individuals with decreased balance, pain, weakness, fatigue, or joint instability. They also take the weight off a lower extremity that has undergone a surgery. Despite the many benefits

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