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Expert Therapy for Concussions

What is a Healthcare Proxy?

The Importance of Vitamin C and Iron

Featured Video: Hear from a Weight Loss Surgery Patient

Patient Story: Spine Surgery – A Life Renewed

New Stroke Survivors Support Group

Dry Needling – A Physical Therapy Treatment for Pain

Need a Primary Care Physician?

Get to Know our Orthopedic Surgeons
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Expert Therapy for Concussions
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function. Symptoms are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance, coordination, sleep, confusion and sensitivity to light or noise. Concussions are caused by a blow or jolt to the head, or a fall or blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. You don’t have to lose consciousness to get a concussion.

We often hear about someone who suffers from a concussion from a blow to the head during contact sports such as football or hockey but concussions can also occur from a fall, car accident or domestic abuse. It is possible to have a concussion and not even realize it. Symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and may not show up immediately.  Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder in which various symptoms last for months after the injury that caused the concussion. The types of symptoms and their frequency can be different for everyone and can often be debilitating. 

The goal of treatment for concussions is to effectively manage the symptoms. The staff at Milford Regional Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine has undergone extensive education and training to provide comprehensive care to individuals (children and adults) that suffer with symptoms. In fact, we provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy at all three of our facilities. 

If a patient suffers from lingering dizziness or balance problems, we have several vertigo therapists that can help.  Our physical therapists work with patients who have coordination issues, while our occupational and speech therapists can help with memory, concentration or reading difficulties by teaching various strategies to work through the issue. Our therapists will work together to provide a comprehensive treatment program to target your individual needs.

Milford Regional Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine has locations in Milford, Franklin and Northbridge providing convenient morning, evening and Saturday hours.  Read more about our Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Programs.
Question & Answer
What is a Healthcare Proxy?
A healthcare proxy is a legal document that allows you to choose a person who can make decisions about your medical care in the event you become unable to make those decisions for yourself.

An organization entitled, The Conversation Project, was developed to help people talk with loved ones openly and honestly about your end of life wishes. Their website provides several starter kits that contain facts and tips on how to have this important conversation, whether you are getting ready to tell someone else what you want, or you want to help someone else get ready to share their wishes.
Healthy Living Tip
The Importance of Vitamin C and Iron
All vitamins and minerals play important roles within the body to achieve optimum health. Two key nutrients, vitamin C and iron, are extremely protective and can prevent many health problems.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that helps maintain a healthy immune system and nervous system. This vitamin keeps your hair, nails and skin healthy. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that protects against cell damage which decreases the risk of developing cancer. High amounts of vitamin C are found in fruits and vegetables particularly broccoli, strawberries, red bell peppers, Brussels sprouts and oranges. To help reach your vitamin C needs, try adding berries to your cereal or eat a cup of cut up fruit between meals or as a dessert. Also make sure to eat at least a half cup of vegetables with your lunch and dinner meals.

Iron is an essential mineral for red blood cell production. It keeps the body’s tissues alive and well by providing cells with oxygen and energy. The highest amount of iron is found in animal protein products such as beef, turkey, chicken and tuna. Iron is also found in plant products such as beans, lentils and spinach. To incorporate more iron into your diet, try adding spinach and beans to a salad. Eating a palm-sized protein food item at each meal, like fish or meat, can also help you meet your daily iron needs. Variety is key!
Submitted by: Victoria Hoover and Jessica Tucker, RD, LDN, CNSC from our Nutrition Services Department

Read more about Milford Regional Nutrition Services   and how they may be able to help you with your nutritional needs.
Featured Video

Hear from a Weight Loss Surgery Patient
Tipping the scales at 385 pounds, Ed’s decision to have weight loss surgery at Milford Regional came from an uncertain future if he continued on with high blood pressure and constant migraines.

Today, Ed is an energetic 186 pounds and his health concerns are a thing of the past.
Patient Story
Spine Surgery – A Life Renewed
Melissa Martin, 33, of Worcester injured her back as she helped her fiancé carry a couch. She went to doctors and had x-rays but that didn’t show anything. Melissa said, “For about a year, I was the most miserable person. Every ounce of strength I could muster I used for work, but it was horribly painful.” Melissa saw Dr. Timothy Smith of Brigham and Women’s Neurosurgery of Milford and he was able to give her the long awaited diagnosis – a herniated disc. Melissa underwent minimally invasive lumbar surgery. Afterward, she was very pleased at how quick the recovery was and how great she felt. “I had instant relief.”
Good Things to Know
New Stroke Survivors Support Group
Milford Regional has a new monthly support group for stroke survivors and their family and friends. The support group fosters communication between members, provides resources and information related to stroke, and connects patients with medical and allied professionals in the community to enhance awareness of stroke. 

The support group meets the second Wednesday of each month, 7:30 – 8:30 PM at Milford Regional’s Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine facility located at 42 Cape Road in Milford.
Dry Needling – A Physical Therapy Treatment for Pain
Dry Needling (DN) is a skilled technique performed by a physical therapist using thin filiform needles to penetrate the skin and/or underlying tissues to affect change in body structures and functions for the evaluation and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain, movement impairments, and disability. DN is considered dry compared to wet needling because nothing is being injected into the body. Positive effects of DN include increased blood flow to the area, flexibility, range of motion, restored function, reduced pain.  Read more about this treatment in Milford Regional’s blog.
About Our Doctors
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Milford Regional's active medical staff, consisting of over 250 doctors, is highly qualified to treat you and your family through sickness and in health. Whether you need a primary care physician or a specialist, you can be assured of the best possible care.

Need a Primary Care Physician?
If you need a physician, please call our Physician Referral Line at 1-888-DRS-HERE (1-888-377-4373). Our Referral Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For a quick look, see our  list of primary care physicians  who are accepting new patients. It is important to note that not all physicians accept all insurances. Please call the physician's office directly to find out if they accept your insurance plan.
Get to Know our Orthopedic Surgeons
Orthopedics is the branch of medicine that diagnoses and treats conditions and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. This would include the bones of the skeleton, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and other connective tissue that supports the body and protects the vital organs. 

Our orthopedic surgeons are diligent about working with Milford Regional’s physical therapy/sports medicine therapists to provide non-surgical treatments whenever possible. If these treatments are not effective, surgery options will be discussed. Many of the surgeries are performed with a minimally invasive approach, which means a quicker recovery and less pain for patients. Read more about our orthopedic surgeons.
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