Living with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Posted on : 11-30-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Uncategorized

What Causes Spinal Stenosis?

A variety of things can cause spinal stenosis,” says Dr. Hurley. “With age, the body’s ligaments (tough connective tissues between the bones in the spine) can thicken. Spurs (small growths) may develop on the bones and into the spinal canal. Also the cushioning disks between the vertebrae may begin to deteriorate”

Other causes include:
Arthritis. Two forms of arthritis that may affect the spine are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Heredity. If the spinal canal is too small at birth, symptoms of spinal stenosis may show up in a relatively young person.

Instability of the Spine, or Spondylolisthesis. When one vertebra slips forward on another that can narrow the spinal canal.

Tumors of the spine. Abnormal growths of soft tissue may affect the spinal canal directly by causing inflammation or by growth of tissue into the canal.

Trauma. Accidents and injuries may either dislocate the spine and the spinal canal or cause burst fractures that produce fragments of bone that penetrate the canal.

If you’re one of the 700,000 people diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis each year, there are steps you can take to get relief. Join Dr. Tom Hurley, neurosurgeon, for a discussion about the available treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis, which is a common problem associated with leg, buttock, groin and back pain. This free program will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet. To register to attend, click here, or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325)

Black Friday Deals: Fisher Remodeling

Posted on : 11-23-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors

Many of our business partners are having Black Friday sales this week, and we’re passing the savings along to you! The deal today: a great offer from Fisher Remodeling. For complete details, see the image below. Clicking on it will take you to Fisher’s website.

Dose of Puppy Love

Posted on : 11-23-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Uncategorized

Sylvia & her dog, Sadie visit patients at the hospital to bring them cheer.

As a certified therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International, Sadie and her owner walk the halls of Silver Cross Hospital and stop in to visit patients who need a little cheering up.

“She’s very, very good with the patients,” Erickson said. “She’ll lay her head in the laps of people in wheelchairs. We’re working on having her put just her two front paws up the beds so patients can pet her.”

Patients agree. This past August, Michelle Power of New Lenox suffered from sharp pains in her abdomen and was suffering from pancreatitis.

“I had suffered from these attacks for three years, This time, it affected my pancreas, and my doctors were determined to find out what was going on.”

After a few days of testing, doctors removed her gallbladder. During Power’s five-day stay at Silver Cross, Sadie offered her great relief. “I love dogs, so it was nice to play with Sadie and take my mind off recovery. She’s great with my kids too,” said Power.

“I love dogs, so it was nice to play with Sadie and take my mind off recovery. She’s great with my kids too,” said Power.

Sadie’s happiness is contagious, and she, along with several other pet therapy dogs, are available for visits during the week. Patients are encouraged to request a visit if they are interested in a dose of puppy love during their stay at Silver Cross. To learn more about Pet Therapy or if you are interested in sharing your certified TDI pet therapy dog with Silver Cross Hospital, please contact Laura Valencik, at (815) 740-7117, ext. 7579. To read more about Sadie, follow her personal blog

Black Friday Deals: RSVP Invites

Posted on : 11-22-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors

The following is a special Black Friday message from RSVP Invites, one of the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health’s business partners:

Don’t miss out on these Holiday Specials sure to make things a little easier on your budget!

Free personalization on any notepad or notecard in stock ($7 value) – Choose from a wide variety of styles and colors. 10% off already reduced holiday merchandise – Includes invitations, greeting cards, gift wrap and tags!

Follow us on Facebook for more great deals, and stop in soon so we can help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

RSVP is located at 11337 W Lincoln Hwy in Mokena, IL, 60448. Give us a call at 815.464.0687

Black Friday Deals: Curves

Posted on : 11-22-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors

Many of our business partners are having Black Friday sales this week, and we’re passing the savings along to you! Curves has a very special offer this week: 30 days for just $30! Even better, there are no-long term commitments that come with taking advantage of this deal.

For more information, call one of the following local Curves locations:

(708) 672-3700

(815) 464-3276

Joliet Central
(815) 725-2007

Joliet West
(815) 725-5588

(815) 478-7824

Mokena/Orland Park
(708) 479-3747

New Lenox
(815) 462-1336

Black Friday Deals: Tupperware

Posted on : 11-22-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors

Many of our business partners are having Black Friday sales this week, and we’re passing the savings along to you! Below is a PDF of holiday deals at Tupperware. Feel free to hit the Full Screen button or click the bright orange Download button for a closer look!

Will County At Work: Larry Walsh interviews Silver Cross President and CEO Paul Pawlak

Posted on : 11-19-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Video

In this three-part video series, Larry Walsh interviews Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. They discuss how the new replacement hospital will greatly benefit New Lenox, Joliet, and the surrounding communities. The new hospital is scheduled to open in 2012 and is located at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.

To learn more about the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital, visit For the 6th straight year, Silver Cross Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters Healthcare, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

Total running time of the three videos is 37 minutes. Read further

This Thanksgiving

Posted on : 11-19-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Health Tips, Weight Loss

…Here are some helpful tips!

Best prep tip When I do Thanksgiving dinner, I make a list of everything I can do before the big day. And then do as much as I can from each recipe, a little bit at a time. It would make me crazy to do everything at the last minute

Save yourself some time! Make desserts the day before Thanksgiving. This really makes sense. It’s so hard to bake everything at the same time because everything seems to bake at different temperatures. Even if you aren’t baking, this easy preparation tip comes in handy. Having your pies, candy, etc already made will give you more time to work on preparing the turkey, vegetables, etc.

For a perfect Thanksgiving turkey, don’t put the turkey on a rack! Instead, roast it in a heavy duty roasting pan, putting the turkey right on the bottom of the pan so the bottom gets nice and browned, along with the rest of the bird. Roast the turkey at a low temperature (325 degrees F) the whole time, loosely tented with tin foil, basting every hour.

Purchase rolls rather than making them from scratch. You may be completely against this easy preparation tip, but believe me, you can buy rolls that will be just as good as homemade. There are rolls in the freezer section that you thaw and then let rise.

For more decorating and cooking tips, check out our Youtube playlist. We’ve compiled some great videos to help you this holiday!

Low Fat Pumpkin Muffins

Posted on : 11-18-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Health Tips, Heart Health, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Try this healthy recipe created by our very own Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist Stanley Bielawski.


  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 2 Eggs (Beaten)
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin, sugar, applesauce, vegetable oil, and almond extract. Slowly add the flour mixture to the large bowl until just blended. Do not over beat. Pour the batter into 18 nonstick muffin cups.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove muffins from the oven and let cool slightly. Remove the muffins from the pan and let cool completely.

Nutritional Facts:

Per Serving: 97 Calories, 2.5 g Fat, 19 g Carbs

Today is National “Don’t Smoke” Day!

Posted on : 11-18-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Health Tips, News, Uncategorized, Video

Learn more about the American Cancer’s Society’s annual “fresh start day,” watch this video:
The Great American Smokeout

To help adult smokers quit, the American Lung Association offers Freedom From Smoking®. The program teaches the skills and techniques that have been proven to help smokers quit. Freedom From Smoking® is available as a group clinic, an online program and a self-help book. You can also speak to a cessation counselor at the Lung HelpLine. So make today the start of a lifetime of birthdays!