Preparing Yourself for an Empty Nest

parents waving goodbye to college studentIt’s the time of year when kids across the country are packing up to head off for their first year of college. Or maybe your youngest child is finally moving into their own apartment. It’s an exciting time for your child, but as a parent, you may have mixed emotions.

If your only child or last child is leaving home, you may experience something called empty nest syndrome. Empty nest syndrome is a common experience of sadness or emptiness that some parents have when their children leave home.

While not all parents react the same way, there are some parents who may be at a higher risk for developing this syndrome: Continue reading

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Concussions in Elementary School: What you need to know

boy with soccer ball.concussionImagine you’re seated at work when you receive a call from the school nurse who tells you your son hit his head during recess. Thankfully, he didn’t lose consciousness, so no concussion, right?

Not necessarily.

Elementary-aged students do not lose consciousness as easily as teens or adults do. They also may not yet have the language skills necessary to convey the pain or symptoms they are experiencing. They might simply say they don’t feel “good.” With children participating in contact sports at younger ages it is crucial for parents, coaches, teachers and school nurses to be aware of the signs of a concussion and diligent about any changes in behavior that could signal the need for treatment. Continue reading

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Physical Therapy at Harvard Vanguard

PT-cover-collage-070815At Harvard Vanguard, we have highly-skilled physical therapists and physical therapy assistants who provide a range of services for children and adults at eight convenient locations in and around Boston.  We use a functionally-based approach to help individuals of all ages and all activity levels meet their goals, such as:

  • Recover from an injury, accident or surgery
  • Learn techniques to prevent injury or improve performance for recreational and professional sports
  • Return to a daily routine without pain and limitations

We pride ourselves on our highly-individualized approach to care. We understand that what each patient hopes to accomplish through physical therapy can be very different from person to person and situation to situation. We therefore work with you to design a therapy plan that will help you achieve your specific, personal goals.

We can offer the following services to our patients: Continue reading

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Moles and Melanoma: Do you know your Skin Cancer ABCDEs?

Mole examAs the weather heats up throughout August, sunscreen should be your best friend whether you’re on the beach, in the park, or just walking outside. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays can do a great deal of damage to the skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma—the most dangerous form of skin cancer—develops when ultraviolet radiation from the sun or tanning beds triggers mutations that lead skin cells to rapidly multiply and form tumors.

Complicating matters, melanomas often look like moles, and can even develop from existing moles, but they have the potential to be far more dangerous. The American Cancer Society estimates that melanoma will account for more than 73,000 cases of skin cancer this year alone. With 3.5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually, this may seem like a relatively small percentage; however, melanoma is much more likely to grow and spread to other parts of the body that can be more difficult to treat. In fact, melanoma is responsible for nearly 10,000 of the more than 13,000 skin cancer deaths each year.

Learning the ABCDE signs of Melanoma can help you to identify a malignant mole or melanoma and act quickly before it spreads. Continue reading

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Call Us…We’re Here for You 24/7

telephone shaped stethoscopeIt’s 2 o’clock in the morning and your child is spiking a fever, or you wake up in the middle of the night with a sharp pain in your side. You can’t plan what time you get sick, so what do you do? Whenever illness strikes or you need medical advice, we are just a phone call away. Continue reading

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