Category Archives: Physical Rehab Blog

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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A Focus on Staying Strong in 2013

Yogi Berra once said, “ Half of hitting is 90% mental.” That same twisted logic applies to getting the most out of recovery. Before a person moves a muscle, the brain has to generate a signal to let the body … Continue reading

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A Patient’s Perspective

Here’s wishing everyone connected with Helen Hayes Hospital a happy holiday season. For the last year and a half, I have relied on the staff at Helen Hayes to help me recover from something called transverse myelitis, or TM as it … Continue reading

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Helen Hayes Hospital Appoints New Medical Records Director

Helen Hayes Hospital has announced the appointment of Janet Murgittroyd as Director of Medical Records. She will be responsible for managing the patient records of the rehabilitation hospital, according to Virgil Ennis, Chief Information Officer. Ms. Murgittroyd brings to her … Continue reading

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Stretch Reflexes with Special Guest Jacob Buus Anderson

Jacob Buus Anderson, Biomedical Engineer and Associate Research Professor at the University of Aalborg, has established himself working with multiple sclerosis patients utilizing his groundbreaking invention: the portable stretch reflex device. The man who we affectionately referred to as Tony … Continue reading

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Cardiac Rehabilitation Saves Lives!

Multiple studies have now shown that people who participate in cardiac rehabilitation programs are less likely to die than those who do not, even up to five or six years after a heart attack or cardiac procedure. Recently, a study … Continue reading

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Homeward Bound After Joint Replacemnt Surgery

The hospital’s Inpatient Orthopedic Rehabilitation Service recently started a new therapy program to to ease the transition home for patients who are about to be discharged. The initiative is entitled the Patient Discharge Group and it is run jointly by … Continue reading

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Dennis decides his own fate

The term ‘neuroscience research’ conjures up images of very serious people in lab coats and goggles, beakers and test tubes, and maybe a rat maze or two, in a cold, white laboratory. This may be a reality in some stages … Continue reading

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Outstanding Care…Outstanding Scores

It is with tremendous pride and pleasure that I can today report that Helen Hayes Hospital ranks in the top 1% in overall Patient Satisfaction among rehabilitation facilities nationwide. Press Ganey reported this outstanding score, among others, in its most … Continue reading

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A Safe Ride

Rehabilitation is all about independence – regaining the ability to live your life on your own terms. For many people – driving fits prominently into this picture. At HHH, we are committed to helping both our patients, and individuals in … Continue reading

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See you at the EXPO!

On Saturday, April 21, we will be hosting our very first Adapted Sports, Rec & Living EXPO right here at Helen Hayes Hospital. I am excited to let everyone know that there will be a terrific group of approximately 50 … Continue reading

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How healthy are your bones?

The only definitive method of diagnosing osteoporosis or measuring bone mass is Bone Mineral Density Testing. While the test itself is painless and easy to undergo, having it done by a skilled technician and having it evaluated by a professional … Continue reading

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The Brain-Computer Interface: a firsthand account

For people who have lost the ability to communicate as a result of severe or total paralysis, including individuals with brain stem stroke and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a breakthrough in technology may enable them to dramatically improve the quality … Continue reading

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Clinical Research Into Walking Difficulties Caused by Stroke: participants being recruited

A very common challenge that stroke survivors face, and one that can be very frustrating, is difficulty walking. Often, that difficulty stems from something called foot drop. If someone has foot drop, it means they have difficulty in lifting the … Continue reading

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Holiday Thoughts: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

Whenever I hear, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” I ask myself: “Really? For who?” Everything from commercials to songs to people who wear reindeer sweaters put pressure on us to be extra happy at holiday time. Some … Continue reading

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From SCI patient to research participant & staff member: a personal journey

Hello! I’m Lauren Verlizzo and I work in Dr. Aiko Thompson’s Translational Neurological Research lab here at Helen Hayes Hospital where I began not as an employee, but a patient. In July of 2002, I suffered from a C5-C6 incomplete … Continue reading

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Peripheral Arterial Disease: Exercise Your Way to Health

Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, affects many thousands of Americans, often unknowingly. September has been designated PAD awareness month, with the goal of educating people about this disease, which can be debilitating, even fatal, but is treatable. PAD is the … Continue reading

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Honors Assembly Celebrates Patient Achievements

This coming Tuesday, September 20 at 1:30 pm, Helen Hayes Hospital will be hosting its annual “Honors Assembly,” a unique and very special event that celebrates the remarkable recoveries and achievements of our patients. Honors Assembly takes place during National … Continue reading

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Neurorecovery Program: helping patients emerge from coma

Many people, including families and friends of patients, have questions about the Neurorecovery concept and what the chances are that a patient who has sustained a brain injury, and is in a coma, will eventually recover. Common questions include the … Continue reading

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From your door to ours- shuttle offers comfort & convenience

Providing a safe and clean environment, the highest quality patient care and valuable community programs, all with a dose of Helen Hayes Hospitality, has long been our mission. This focus recently led us to implement a new, complimentary HHH Shuttle, … Continue reading

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Helen Hayes Hosts Another Fun Adaptive Sailing Outing!

Recently, the HHH Adapted Sports and Recreation program hosted its annual Adapted Sailing event, with great success. We have been hosting this for the past six years in conjunction with the Nyack Boat Club (NBC) in Nyack, New York. The … Continue reading

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HHH Rehab Blog

Welcome to this first posting on Helen Hayes Hospital’s new blog – the Physical Rehab Blog. We’ve developed it as an extension of our web site and as a way to reach out to individuals with physical disabilities, prospective patients … Continue reading

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Hospital Offers Hand Therapy

Three highly skilled and certified therapists care for outpatients at two centers Helen Hayes Hospital is pleased to announce that three members of its occupational therapy staff have earned the designation of Certified Hand Therapist. The three specialists treat patients … Continue reading

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Hospital Conducts Research into Stroke Prevention and Treatment

participants sought for participation Helen Hayes Hospital is conducting several research studies examining new protocols to prevent recurrent strokes and new methodologies for stroke treatment and recovery. Individuals who have had a stroke are being recruited for participation. Secondary Prevention … Continue reading

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Nyack Hospital and Helen Hayes Hospital Partners in Outpatient Rehabilitation Program

Two of Rockland’s leading healthcare providers, Nyack Hospital and Helen Hayes Hospital, have formed a unique partnership in order to better serve the community. Effective January 5, 2004, Helen Hayes Hospital will operate the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Nyack Hospital. … Continue reading

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Hospital Aquatics Program Accepting New Participants

The Aquatics Program at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw is currently accepting new participants. All programs take place in the hospital’s state-of-the-art warm water aquatic facility. The facility features newly refurbished locker rooms and a 60’ by 25’ pool, … Continue reading

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