Category Archives: Rehab

Chronic Back Pain – The Best Medicine of All is Prevention

Posted on: August 4, 2017

Chronic back pain usually affects your lower back, also called the lumbar spine. Physicians define “chronic” back pain as daily pain for more than three months. The pain can be intense enough to affect all aspects of your life – from work to sleep. That’s why prevention is so important. The good news is that there are many ways you can help keep chronic back pain at bay – permanently. By Dr. Marshal Peris, FAAOS, Co-Director of the Orthopedic & Spine Institute, Spine Surgery Section, Northern Westchester Hospital

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Is it a Concussion? Why You Should Quickly Involve a Neuropsychologist.

Posted on: July 18, 2017

You probably know more today about concussions than you did a few years ago. By publicizing the head injuries of super-star athletes, the media has raised awareness of the seriousness of concussion. And that’s a good thing. But you may not know about the potential long-term dangers of not receiving care from the right specialist– the one provider trained specifically in the ways brain function affects cognition, behavior and emotion. In other words, a neuropsychologist. Here, I explain why involving this specialist from the first suspicion of concussion is vital to recovery. By Chari Hirshson, Ph.D., neuropsychologist at Northern Westchester Hospital.

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Shooting pain in your neck and down your arm. Don’t suffer pain one more minute.

Posted on: May 23, 2017

Suddenly, with no warning, you feel terrible pain shooting from the base of your neck, through your shoulder, down your arm and into your fingers. You’re not aware of doing anything to set it off. What’s happening? By Dr. John M. Abrahams, FAANS, Chief of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the Spine Surgery Section of the Orthopedic and Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital.

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Don’t Lose Your Voice – Tips for Preserving and Protecting Your Tone

Posted on: May 10, 2017

While everything from flowers to trees are coming alive, so are springtime allergies. As plants begin to release pollen, nearly 50 million people in the U.S who suffer from seasonal allergies start sneezing, sniffling and coughing. This is the time of year when it’s especially important to put thought and energy into protecting and preserving your voice, as any type of inflammation could lead to vocal issues. Often we don’t realize how important our voice is, or how much we need it, until we lose it. Here, I’ll explain the four components of your voice, the importance of caring for it, and tips to prevent the risk of permanent damage. By Veronica Cea, M.S, CCC/SLP, Speech Language Pathologist at Northern Westchester Hospital.

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New Occupational Therapy Initiative Is Designed to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Posted on: April 25, 2017

It’s certainly not uncommon to hear about patients—particularly older individuals— who leave the hospital and return later after a bad fall. Did you know that the more prepared you are to return home after a hospital stay, the less likely you are to return to the hospital? Here, I’ll tell you about a recent study showing that Occupational Therapy decreases hospital readmissions and how it can better prepare you for a safe return home.  By Elizabeth Pruyne, Occupational Therapist at Northern Westchester Hospital.

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