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.
It may start as a slight clumsiness in picking up a coin or a subtle numbness in one hand. But that could signal the start of a serious problem that doesn’t originate in the hand at all, but rather in the cervical (neck) spine. In this post, I help you understand the condition called cervical stenosis and give you the good news about effective treatments. By Marshal D. Peris, MD, FAAOS, Co-Director, Spine Surgery, Orthopedic and Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital
If you experience the swelling in your arms or legs called lymphedema in connection with cancer or cancer treatment, you can enjoy considerable relief through specialized rehabilitation. Read on to understand the condition of the lymphatic system and to learn about the four pillars of effective lymphedema care. Be encouraged by the positive results of expert multidisciplinary rehab at NWH, and the empowering impact of partnering with the Lymphedema Rehab Program’s skilled practitioners. By Jo Ann Stafford, PT, CLT-LAN,* Certified Physical Therapist with Northern Westchester Hospital’s (NWH) Lymphedema Rehabilitation Program and Mary Greco, NP, Clinical Breast Specialist at The Breast Institute at NWH.