Is It Time for Hip Replacement Surgery?

Know when your hip joint's had itIf you suffer from severe hip or groin pain that is limiting your daily activities, you may consider having hip replacement surgery to replace the worn parts of your hip joint. Hip replacement surgery (sometimes called total hip replacement) may be used for people suffering from arthritis, which can cause the hip joints to wear down over time, and as a method of treating certain hip fractures.

During the surgery, an orthopedic surgeon uses metal, ceramic or plastic parts to replace the ball of the upper thigh bone and resurface the hip socket in the pelvic bone. About 300,000 people have total hip replacement surgery annually nationwide. The great majority of these patients will return to their daily activities with reduced or no pain after surgery. Read More »

Cancer Doctor: Hope Comes From External and Internal Sources – VIDEO

While he’s diagnosing and treating his patients with cancer, Richard Boulay, MD, also aims to nourish his patients’ spirit and mental state. The Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) gynecologic oncologist with Gynecologic Oncology Specialists focuses on hope, encouraging patients and their families to embrace positivity as part of their healing process.

In a post this month on, Boulay writes about the different sources of hope for people who have cancer: external and internal.

External sources of hope, he explains, include promising test results, a supportive care team and a bevy of treatment options.

Internal sources of hope include spirituality or an acceptance that everything will work out for the best. Read More »

Joseph Smith, DC, Likes Seeing Chiropractic Treatment Provide Relief – VIDEO

Joseph Smith, DC, was inspired to become a chiropractor after successful treatment for his own headaches. He likes making people feel better naturally, without surgery or medication.

“What really fuels my passion is seeing people respond to what I do,” says the Lehigh Valley Health Network chiropractor. He sees patients at Chiropractic Associates of LVPG.

Get to know him with this video.

Some Simple Rules for Better Living

Healthy You Tip Nainesh PatelWhen it comes to living a happy, healthy life, Nainesh Patel, MD, has a few rules of thumb.

“It’s really pretty simple, especially as you begin to get older,” says Patel, a Lehigh Valley Health Network cardiologist with Lehigh Valley Heart Specialists in Allentown. “First is to watch what you eat and be careful with your portion sizes. Second is to exercise daily.”

Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it appears to be advice most Americans are heeding. Read More »

Explore Trexler Park This Saturday


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A leisurely 2-mile walk through Allentown’s scenic Trexler Memorial Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, is a healthy way to enjoy nature and explore local history.

The walk is the latest event offered through Get Out! Lehigh Valley, a healthy outdoor activity program developed by Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Wildlands Conservancy. Offered throughout the year, the program’s events – led by a naturalist – allow you to explore a variety of area parks, trails, gardens and rivers. Read More »