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Pine Beach Teen Exceeds Personal Best After Physical Therapy

By |2019-03-28T13:32:01-04:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , |

When Abbey Olexa collided with another soccer player during a game last May, she pushed through the pain and continued playing. However, after two weeks of rest, the elite soccer striker still had pain. Abbey’s mother, Elizabeth, took the 14-year-old to orthopedic surgeon Gerardo Goldberger, DO. An MRI found [...]

Cardiac Rehab Ensures That the Show Goes on for Comedian

By |2018-09-05T15:46:47-04:00May 11th, 2018|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , , |

Larry Donsky is known for cracking jokes and making people laugh, but when he suffered a heart attack last June, he got serious about his health with cardiac rehabilitation. Active in the men’s club of his adult community and the local Italian-American club, the 77-year-old Jackson resident regularly booked [...]

Women’s Heart Program Helps Louise Prevent a Heart Attack

By |2018-11-13T16:29:43-04:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , , |

Feeling in the peak of health, 65-year-old Louise Cassar of Jackson visited her primary care physician in early February 2013 for her annual physical exam. To her surprise, the electrocardiogram (EKG), a routine part of the exam, revealed a slight abnormality. Despite Louise having had no symptoms that would [...]

High-Intensity Cardiac Rehabilitation Helps Marlboro Mom Return to Active Life

By |2018-09-05T15:49:10-04:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , , |

Vicky Vydra, a 37-year-old mother of two from Marlboro, was an avid runner, skier, and scuba diver. When she developed a persistent headache, she was shocked that tests revealed she had a hole in her heart. After four weeks of debilitating headaches, Vicky visited her primary care physician, who [...]

Occupational Therapy for Wrist Injury

By |2018-09-05T15:51:43-04:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , , |

Brian Collins is a leftie. While that fact usually doesn’t impact his life much, it became a serious concern when he severed six flexor tendons, the flexor muscle, and the ulnar nerve in his left forearm, hand, and wrist. Brian, a 44-year-old Howell resident, was walking up his front [...]

Rehab Gets Mom Back Walking on Her Own Two Feet

By |2018-09-05T16:07:13-04:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , , |

Ulcerative colitis by itself would have been bad enough. By the time Kristin Detamore, then 35, returned to work as a school social worker after the birth of her second son, she was accustomed to the pain from inflammatory bowel disease. But the headache baffled her. Unfortunately, the headache soon [...]

Moving Forward – Following Up with a Young Stroke Survivor

By |2018-09-05T16:11:43-04:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , , |

That optimism came from a 24-year-old woman who just the year previously had her life turned upside down by a stroke. Now, more than two years later, Alex's positivity has only grown as she continues to make remarkable progress in her recovery. In December 2012, Alex was just getting [...]

A Young Stroke Survivor Credits Fast Action for Her Recovery

By |2019-01-18T05:44:54-04:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , , |

Catherine Zalewski knew right away that she was having a stroke. She just wasn’t able to tell anyone around her. Catherine, who was Miss New Jersey in 2011, was working at her gym as a personal trainer on the morning of July 30 when she suddenly began feeling “very [...]

Tough But Ready with LSVT Rehab

By |2018-09-05T14:41:54-04:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , , |

Lydia Arana, 79, is a soft-spoken woman, living with Parkinson’s disease but not willing to let it keep her down. The Matawan resident was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disease in 2007 and has lived with fluctuating levels of intense tremors for years, but last year she started the [...]

Breathing Easier with Pulmonary Rehabilitation

By |2018-09-05T14:44:16-04:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , |

For about a year, Sandy Gordon of Colts Neck had labored breathing when performing tasks such as climbing stairs, and just thought it was part of the aging process. When her breathing didn’t improve, she visited Kenneth D. Barofsky, MD, board-certified internal medicine physician and on staff at CentraState and [...]

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