Tinnitus: Understanding that Ringing in Your Ears

Many people experience a persistent ringing in their ears. This common affliction, known as tinnitus, affects roughly 20% of the American population. Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound when none is actually occurring. For some it is a minor nuisance but for others, a major impediment to their quality of life. It is […]

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

We all have our favorite holiday foods or drinks—green bean casserole, eggnog, prime rib and of course Grandma’s Christmas cookies. When it comes to eating healthy, this time of the year can be a challenge. But it is possible! First, consider setting yourself up for success. What I mean by that is when you know […]

October is Audiology Awareness Month

More than 48 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. While this condition is often viewed as an inevitable part of aging, over half of all patients are otherwise healthy adults under the age of 65. Regular hearing screenings are an invaluable tool in identifying problems early and taking steps to prevent further hearing damage before […]

Winter Wellness Tips

Fall is truly is my favorite time of the year. Cooler mornings, bright sunshine and the turning of the leaves just make me feel refreshed and energetic. You’re probably wondering why I want to write about winter wellness when it’s only Fall but the change in season is a perfect time to look at ways […]

How to Prevent Skin Tears

As we get older, our skin becomes paper thin and is more fragile. A minor injury like bumping into furniture or even removing a band-aid can cause a significant skin tear. Skin tears are commonly seen on the arms, hands, and legs. They occur when the outer layer of the skin breaks or tears from […]

Hearing Loss: Separating Fact from Fiction

Hearing loss is a condition that affects 48 million Americans. There are several misconceptions surrounding hearing loss, like that it only happens to people over the age of 70, that are untrue. It is important to distinguish the myths from the truth, as hearing health greatly impacts overall health conditions such as balance, cognitive health, […]

Dry Needling: What You Should Know

Have you heard of dry needling? It is one of the hottest topics in physical therapy practice right now! It is trending on social media, the news, in physical therapy clinical advertisements, and is now offered at Holy Family Memorial! As a physical therapist who has been practicing dry needling for three years, I believe […]

Nutrition for managing blood pressure

May is National Blood Pressure Education month. The foods that we eat can play an important role in managing blood pressure. The tips below are helpful for anyone to both manage high blood pressure or to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range as a proactive approach. You may have heard of the DASH […]

Preventing stroke in your life.

Each year about 800,000 people suffer stroke in the United States and about 140,000 of those strokes will be fatal making stroke the fifth leading cause of death in America. It’s my hope that awareness, education and screening can help change the numbers of people having strokes. Risk factors for stroke are the same as […]

Is breastfeeding or formula best for infants?

Comparing the benefits of breastfeeding versus formula feeding has been a hot topic not only among mothers, but throughout the medical community at large. Much research has been done to obtain objective data that show breast truly is best. The American Academy of Pediatrics stands firm in its recommendation of “exclusive breastfeeding for about six […]

Spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain.

Many of our patients have benefited from having a spinal cord stimulator implant to decrease their chronic back, leg, or arm pain when surgery and other modalities haven’t provided relief. Spinal cord stimulation masks pain signals before they reach the brain. It is a drug free option for patients with the following conditions: Chronic leg […]

Is back pain holding you back?

In America, most adults experience back pain at some point in their life. It remains one of the most common concerns patients bring up with their doctor. Back pain is often grouped by duration of symptoms, less than 12 weeks or greater than 12 weeks, and by associated symptoms. For example, whether there is associated […]

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine is an area of medicine that focuses on using the body’s own natural healing ability to heal injured or degenerative tissue. While the field is branching across many medical specialties, in my office I focus on the orthopaedic applications. The field holds promise to heal tissue, such as tendon or cartilage, which we […]

Women and Heart Disease

Although it’s often considered a “man’s problem,” heart disease is a serious threat to women’s health. Every year, heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, claims women and men in equal numbers—approximately 1 in every 4 deaths. The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) say only 54% of women […]

Cold, flu or just allergies?

Symptoms of allergy are most commonly sneezing, runny nose, and nasal itching. Other symptoms often present are cough, fatigue. There may be itching or watering of the eyes. Allergies may be “seasonal”, meaning that they happen at certain times of the year due to environmental factors such as grasses, weeds, or pollen. Fever is not […]