Category Archives: Physical Rehab Blog

The HHH Foundation- advancing the mission of the region’s premiere rehab hospital

There is always something happening at the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation! Just in this past year we funded the building of a “Smart Apartment” on the hospital campus. This amazing therapeutic and learning center is engineered with cutting edge communication … Continue reading

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Hospital To Host CarFit Event

Program promotes vehicle safety for older drivers A CarFit event, which offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them, will take place at Helen Hayes Hospital on Saturday May 17, 2014 from 9:00 am … Continue reading

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Physical Rehabilitation Medicine Celebrates a Milestone

Helen Hayes Hospital recently participated in the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, (AAPM&R) annual Assembly at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The AAPM&R invited rehabilitation hospitals and … Continue reading

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Why Risk Googling? Go for Health Information with a Reputation!

Many people, perhaps most, have questions about health matters. Libraries—hospital, public and otherwise—often get calls asking for health information, and where to find it. To help with questions like these, the Medical Library Association (MLA) asked the Consumer and Patient … Continue reading

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A Valentine’s Day Primer…Making Sense of the New Cholesterol Guidelines

A Valentine’s Day Primer…Making Sense of the New Cholesterol Guidelines The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recently released new guidelines about treatment with cholesterol lowering medications to reduce heart attack or stroke. The experts who developed these … Continue reading

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Perspective, Gratitude and Resilience-Some Beginning of the Year Thoughts on Rehabilitation

For you faithful readers of the Helen Hayes Hospital blog and for newer readers as well, let me begin by wishing you and your loved one’s a happy, safe and healthy year to come. My title at Helen Hayes is … Continue reading

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Transitioning into the Community Following Brain Injury

On November 1, 2013, The Transitional Rehabilitation Center at Helen Hayes Hospital celebrated twelve years of serving the brain injury community. The Center’s Structured Day Program serves the community of brain injury survivors in the lower Hudson Valley who have … Continue reading

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MYOFASCIAL RELEASE: IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?

Myofascial mobilization is as old as human history itself. The current schools of myofascial manipulation are influenced not only by the most current evidenced based science, but what has been learned from in the past, as well. There are early … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy offered in our 92-94 degree therapeutic pool offers many advantages and benefits to individuals recovering from all phases of injury or illness. The scope of patient diagnoses treated in our pool is surprisingly vast, encompassing everything from post-surgical, … Continue reading

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Helen Hayes Hospital Introduces Side-Alternating Vibration Therapy to its Rehab Programs

Vibration therapy is a type of neuro-muscular re-education, a treatment technique or exercise performed by an individual with the purpose of improving, via the nervous system, the level of communication between the body and the brain. Because of the fact … Continue reading

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The role of the case manager

The case managers at Helen Hayes Hospital are here to help patients and their family members from the time of admission through discharge. Every inpatient at Helen Hayes Hospital is assigned a case manager who will work closely with them … Continue reading

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A Smart Man Makes A Long Trek To Our Smart Apartment

A Smart Man Makes A Long Trek To Our Smart Apartment Rocco Arizzi knows that he soon will be unable to flip the light switches at home. He already cannot open his front door or his window shades. But Rocco … Continue reading

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Living with Lymphedema is not easy – here at Helen Hayes Hospital we can help

Lymphedema is defined as a swelling of a body part (usually a limb), which is caused by insufficient lymph drainage. This is often a result of damaged or blocked lymphatic vessels. It is a debilitating symptom, frequently seen in patients … Continue reading

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New Therapeutic Options for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

The Helen Hayes Hospital Outpatient Neurology Department is pleased to announce the start of two new treatment programs for patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD, and Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR) can both help individuals living with … Continue reading

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Hand Hygiene Saves Lives

Keeping your hands clean is very important wherever you are: at home, at school, at work, and in the healthcare setting. Hand hygiene is one of the most important things we can do to prevent infection and illness, including colds, … Continue reading

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Hospital Seeks Volunteers For Osteoporosis Research Studies

The Helen Hayes Hospital Clinical Research Center in West Haverstraw is currently conducting two clinical research studies on treatment for Osteoporosis. Qualified participants will receive all study-related care, including physician visits, bone density and laboratory tests and study medications. The … Continue reading

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Total Hip Replacement Surgery: Anterior vs Posterior Approach

I have been working as an Occupational Therapist at HHH for over 30 years. For most of my career I have supervised the therapy services on the Inpatient Orthopedic Unit where patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery are admitted … Continue reading

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So you want to be admitted to HHH for rehab…

“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” -Yogi Berra Beloved Yankee player and manager, Yogi Berra, who is remembered for his malapropisms almost as well as for his illustrious baseball career, said it best. And while he was referring to … Continue reading

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Fall Prevention – Staying Safe at Home

Fall Prevention – Staying Safe at Home According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults in the United States over the age of 65 fall each year. In recognition of Fall Prevention Awareness Day … Continue reading

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CARDIOPULMONARY TEAM MEMBERS ARE NASHVILLE BOUND …

Some of the senior members of the HHH CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation Team are not only attending, but will also be presenters at the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) 28th Annual Meeting being held in Nashville, Tennessee, October 3rd … Continue reading

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What Are Those Cool Gadgets That OT’s Give Their Clients?

For people who have difficulty in performing daily tasks, like feeding themselves, washing and getting dressed, occupational therapists (or OT’s, as we are better known) can provide them with adaptive equipment that may help them to find more independence. But … Continue reading

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BETTER BREATHING THROUGH OUTPATIENT PULMONARY REHABILITATION

Do you or anyone you know have pulmonary disease? Do you get out of breath when you walk short distances? Do you have to stop and take a rest when you climb the stairs? Does taking a shower and getting … Continue reading

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ON THE RECORD

When patients enter a hospital or a rehabilitation facility they are usually concerned with the care they will be receiving from the doctors, nurses and therapists; their treatment plans and eventual outcomes. They usually never think about their “medical record.” … Continue reading

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COMBINATION COOKING

The recent purchase of a Cleveland Convotherm oven allows the cooking staff at Helen Hayes Hospital to take advantage of the latest in combination cooking technology. Combination cooking is a method that employs a combination oven. A combination oven allows … Continue reading

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Ahhh…Acupuncture

Under the auspices of the Recreational Therapy Department, complementary medicine services at HHH began with the introduction of yoga for individuals with disabilities and medical conditions, and has expanded to include acupuncture for patients, families, staff and community members. In … Continue reading

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Physical therapy following total knee replacement. Research reveals best practices

I was honored to recently present my doctoral research on total knee replacement (TKR) rehabilitation at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Chicago. The outpatient orthopedic service at HHH provides services for adults with a variety of … Continue reading

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The WalkAide System: Treatment for Foot Drop

The Prosthetic Orthotic Center at Helen Hayes Hospital is a certified center to provide the WalkAide system. The WalkAide system simulates the typical nerve-to-muscle signals in the leg and foot, causing the foot to lift at the appropriate time in … Continue reading

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Stroke: Act FAST

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and I’d like to take this opportunity to make sure our readers know some of the basic facts about stroke, and give them some resources to consult if they want to know more. Many of … Continue reading

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Speech Language & Audiology Services at HHH

Happy Better Speech and Hearing Month! May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about communication disorders and to promoting treatment of these disorders. It is a time to educate the public on treatments that … Continue reading

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May is Osteoporosis Prevention & Awareness Month

Follow these tips for healthy bones!   Smoking Harms Bones. By Quitting smoking you can improve the quality of your bones and your overall health.   The formula for Stronger Bones: Get the Recommended C (Calcium) + D (Vitamin D) … Continue reading

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In Celebration of National Nurses Week

Dedicated members of the nursing profession are recognized every year during National Nurses Week. The celebration begins on May 6th National Nurses Day and commences on May 12th, Florence Nightingales birthday. The dates for National Nurses Week are permanent and … Continue reading

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Therapy is Over, Now What?

Craving increased energy and flexibility?  Here’s a solution!   Are you looking for an exercise program that will increase your flexibility, balance, core strength and energy level while at the same time lowering your stress and pain? Then the Ai … Continue reading

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Hints for Older Drivers

As we get older, there are many physical and cognitive changes that impact on our driving skills. While no one can stop the aging process, there are many things you can do to maximize your driving skills. One step can … Continue reading

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Celebrating Occupational Therapy Month

April is National OT month – and by that we are not referring to overtime- but to Occupational Therapy! OT is an integral part of a patient’s rehabilitation program and a key reason they are admitted to a specialty physical … Continue reading

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Hand Therapy: A Certified Hand Therapist Makes All the Difference

Are you a new post-operative hand patient? Does hand arthritis limit your activities? Does it hurt to use the computer or even lift a cup of coffee? Perhaps you have been newly diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, or … Continue reading

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Best Practices in Wound Care: Spinal Cord Injury Service leads the way

The Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Service at Helen Hayes Hospital is a wonderful and amazing place and I am proud to serve there as the Nurse Manager. Our team of rehabilitation specialists provide the most up to date medical care … Continue reading

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Facial & Temporomandibular Joint Pain

Multi-faceted treatments relieve symptoms According to a study published in 2011, facial or temporomandibular joint pain and muscle disorder (TMJMD) is experienced by 75% of the US population. TMJMD ranks as one of the most commonly occurring conditions resulting in … Continue reading

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Brain Injuries Do Not Discriminate – A Primer on TBI

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 30.5% of all injury related deaths in the United State are related to TBI. On an annual … Continue reading

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Hospital to Host Care Transitions Conference

Program to focus on easing patient transitions from hospital to home Helen Hayes Hospital will host a conference entitled Hospital to Home: Improving Care Transitions & Outcomes, on Thursday May 9, 2013. The program takes place from 8:30 am to … Continue reading

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Outpatient Medicare Therapy Benefits: what do therapy caps mean to you?

As part of The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, CMS implemented therapy caps for hospital outpatient departments. HHH has received many inquiries about what the therapy caps mean for you, as an individual. The therapy … Continue reading

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Warm Water Therapy Relieves Arthritis Discomfort

“Before I started the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program, I had pain in my legs and arms. Sometimes the pain was so bad, it kept me from sleeping. Since I started three years ago, my pain has subsided.” -Nancy, Osteoarthritis The … Continue reading

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Flu Vaccination: of critical importance for healthcare professionals

As you have recently heard through news reports, the Centers for Disease Control is reporting a “worse than average flu season this year.” There have been 30 pediatric deaths in the United States, including four in New York State, as … Continue reading

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Brain Injury Specialist Training

Recently, a group of Helen Hayes Hospital staff from our Brain Injury unit pursued credentialing to become Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS), thru the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists developed this … Continue reading

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Warm Water Therapy Relieves Arthritis Discomfort

“Before I started the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program, I had pain in my legs and arms. Sometimes the pain was so bad, it kept me from sleeping. Since I started three years ago, my pain has subsided.” -Nancy, Osteoarthritis The … Continue reading

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Cardiac Rehab Week: celebrating transitions to healthy lives

Happy Cardiac Rehabilitation Week from the Cardiopulmonary Team at Helen Hayes Hospital! This year, we celebrate more than 25 years of service to thousands of patients recovering from heart disease who we have cared for  in our inpatient, outpatient and … Continue reading

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Managing Pain After Orthopedic Surgery

a key to successful post-operative rehabilitation Pain is defined by the World Health Organization as “an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.” After orthopedic surgeries such as … Continue reading

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Reflex Control Could Improve Walking After Incomplete Spinal Injuries

A training regimen to adjust the body’s motor reflexes may help improve mobility for some people with incomplete spinal cord injuries, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. During training, the participants were instructed to suppress … Continue reading

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Nutrition for Healthy Bones

Everyone is concerned about what they eat but do not always think beyond the calories. Many nutrients are essential for overall health. A recent paper published in Osteoporosis International reviewed the role of nutrition in bone health based on information … Continue reading

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Understanding Medicare Coverage in Rehabilitation.

Many people have difficulty in understanding the requirements for a patient to be admitted to a rehabilitation facility. A potential patient must first meet the requirements set forth by Medicare. To help in understanding the criteria for admission to a … Continue reading

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Our New Year’s Resolution: sharing our expertise

Like just about everyone else, we are starting off the New Year with a few hospital-wide resolutions. And like just about all resolutions- they are designed to enhance our overall well-being. However, they also have an important underlying goal: to … Continue reading

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