Health Page Archive: Rehabilitation

Stre-e-e-tch to Loosen Up Muscles

  One of the most important aspects of participating in sports is often one of the most overlooked – stretching both before and after exercising. “Stretching helps improve your flexibility, which in turn can prevent injury,” says Jimmy D. Bowen, MD, FAAPMR, CSCS, physiatrist, who practices at ...
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Post-Concussion Syndrome Can Last for Months 

The effects of a concussion sometimes can last for months after the original injury. Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include headaches, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, decreased concentration and fogginess. “Post-concussion syndrome is not dependent on the severity of the injury,” says Heidi J. Hunter, MD, physical medicine and ...
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Changes Occur at New Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Patients and staff at the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Saint Francis Medical Center have prepared for big changes. The unit, designed by staff with input from patients and family, has moved to the third floor of the Cross.  Its renovated private rooms offer patients and their ...
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Physical Therapy Gives Woman Shoulder Stability

Five years ago, Caitlin Simmons of Cape Girardeau was sparring with a partner during a martial arts workout when she heard her shoulder pop and her arm went numb. After seeing a doctor, she found out her collar- bone had separated from her shoulder blade. Simmons, ...
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Prevent Falls at Home

Each year, one out of every three older adults experiences a fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While icy weather is certainly a culprit, many of these falls occur at home – and can often be prevented. Here are seven ...
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Protecting Your Head

There is a good reason why coaches pull athletes from games after they suffer a blow to the head: The effects of a concussion sometimes last for decades after the injury. And the sooner an athlete returns to their sport after the concussion, the more ...
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“Buddy” Therapy Brightens Rehab

When you’re in rehab, it helps to have a buddy. Patients at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation program get just what they need from rehab’s four-legged friend, a 5-year old golden retriever, fittingly named Buddy. Buddy, a Cape Girardeau Pet Pal and American Kennel Club ...
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Save Your Brain: Don't Play Around With Concussions

Got your bell rung? Seeing stars? If you’re an athlete, use your head. If you have a concussion – or even if you think you might – leave the game, see a doctor and don’t return until you recover. The health of your brain depends ...
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Rehab Reduces Risk of Repeat Fractures

Broken bones heal, but they can break again. The older generation is particularly at risk. Patients with osteoporosis have low bone density, which means that if they fall, they are more likely to break a bone either once or repeatedly. To prevent broken bones in the ...
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