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.
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.
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.
Being diagnosed with a movement disorder such as Parkinson’s can lead to an entirely different way of life for both patient and caregiver. Those diagnosed, may experience slight tremors in the hands or limbs, which may signal the first sign of the disease. Over time, motions may become limited and speech may soften or become less pronounced. Husbands, wives, children and friends often become the caregivers – tending to their loved ones needs, but sometimes forgetting that they too need to be cared for. If you, or someone you love, is diagnosed with a movement disorder it’s important to get the support you need before the disease starts to affect your quality of life. Whether you are a patient or caregiver, read on to learn about opportunities within your community that will empower you to fight back against movement disorders. By Michael Silverman, Director of Rehabilitation and Wellness at Northern Westchester Hospital’s (NWH) Chappaqua Crossing.
Balance problems take many forms. From dizziness to the intense, even frightening sensation of vertigo, to unsteadiness – all are hard to live with. Fortunately, many balance issues respond to treatment. The first step is getting evaluated through specialized testing, properly diagnosed, and informed of the appropriate action to take. That is what occurs at a balance center. Here, I explain how you can find relief from balance issues. By Shelley Hirsch, M.A, CCC-A, clinical audiologist at the Balance Center, Northern Westchester Hospital.