Moving Towards a Healthier You from the Finley Hospital President

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Finley Focus from the President - Moving Towards a Healthier You

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Apple Watches, Fitbits, smartphone apps - with the popularity of fitness technology growing and constantly changing, more people are beginning to pay attention to the amount of movement applied throughout their day. 

Whether at work, playing a sport, or accomplishing chores around the house, these advances in technology allow people to set goals and track just how much they move in typical day. 

For many people, moving is something that happens naturally - without any dedicated thought to what parts of the body are being used to get from place to place. As second nature as it may be, it's important to keep in mind the complexity and science behind how the body creates movement and what is needed to maintain a healthy moving body. The brain, spinal cord, nerves, muscles, bones, skin; all of these elements - when kept healthy - work cohesively to provide movement for the body. 

Movement isn't always as easy task, and for many, is an everyday challenge and constant goal. Because moving is a complex function of our bodies, move related disorders are often the result of injured nerves, muscles, or bones due to several different health events such as: arthritis, brain injuries, cardiac rehabilitation, strokes, sports-related injuries, or even work-related injuries. Moving related disorders can affect people of all genders, ages, occupations and lifestyles; however, with the progressive options in health care, there's a dedicated practice to the diagnosis and treatment of moving related disorders and injuries called physiatry. 

Physiatrists, or rehabilitation physicians, are physicians with expertise in treating injuries or illnesses in nerves, muscles, or bones that affect how the body moves. Because of the direct focus on how the body moves, physiatrists help restore function and maximize quality of life for patients, as well as direct and coordinate care for patients who may need to also work with physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists and others. 

With extensive training that includes four years of medical school, residency programs, and fellowships for specializations, physiatrists see patients in a hospital or clinic setting and have the ability to take a comprehensive approach to improving the quality of life for patients who suffer from a physical impairment or disability. 

Finley is pleased to announce Dr. Stanley Mathew, physiatrist, as a medical director for our Acute Rehab Unit (ARU). Finley's ARU works with patients experiencing loss of function and independence due to stoke, head injury, arthritis, trauma, fractures, amputations, neurological disorders, and other disabling disorders of the nerves, muscles and bones. Dr. Mathew plays an integral role in helping patients reach their goal, and his one-on-one approach with patients results in coordinated care that provides the best outcome for every patient, every time.