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Sudden Hearing Loss

Friday, September 25, 2020
Published in Health & Wellness Blog
Hearing is important in how we conduct our daily activities. When hearing suddenly changes, it can mean something may not be right. Sudden hearing loss can be caused by a variety things like sensorineural hearing loss, viruses, acoustic trauma,  or head trauma. If you experience sudden hearing loss, it is important…

Community Briefings: Watertown Area Task Force

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Representatives from vital city and county organizations have unified to provide the community coronavirus updates. The current state changes rapidly, and this task force encourages our community to stay updated with reputable information through updates like the briefings below and education from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.  September…

Annual Breast Cancer Event Goes BIG and Virtual

Monday, September 21, 2020
Published in News and Announcements
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System and Watertown Area Breast Cancer Support Group jointly announce their sixth annual Celebrating Life event! Celebrating Life is a breast cancer awareness event typically held in person every October. Due to the pandemic, the groups decided it is best to take the free awareness event online…

The Right Kind of Help for Lymphedema

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Published in Health & Wellness Blog
Lymphedema is a persistent buildup of tissue proteins, fluid, and inflammation of an extremity that causes swelling. This abnormal accumulation of fluid can be caused by developmental abnormalities of the lymphatic system (primary lymphedema) or damage of the lymphatic system. Damage can be caused by the removal of lymph nodes…

Are Neck Gaiters an Appropriate Face Covering?

Friday, August 21, 2020
Neck gaiters have been worn as a face covering by many because it is a simple solution. Not sure what a neck gaiter is? It is a like a circular piece of fabric worn around your neck that can be pulled or stretched up over your mouth and nose for…

Does hurt equal harm after surgery?

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Published in Health & Wellness Blog
The nervous system is comprised of approximately 400 nerves that are all connected like a series of highways and functions as our body’s living breathing alarm system.  When the alarm system is triggered, pain is produced to grab our attention so that we can take action or get help.  This…

What is Dysphagia?

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Published in Health & Wellness Blog
Dysphagia a medical term used to describe when someone has problems chewing and/or swallowing their food or liquids. Problems may result from oral weakness, and may affect chewing and swallowing control of food or liquids. Problems may also result from weakness or damage related to the throat/pharynx that affects the…

Helping Athletes Be Their Best

Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Published in Health & Wellness Blog
Keeping yourself in good physical condition is an important part of competing in sports and enjoying recreation activities. Physical therapists and Athletic Trainers work together at Prairie Lakes Rehabilitation Services to help student athletes be their best. "A physical therapist with a special interest in sports medicine often evaluates and…

Recover at home with physical therapy

Friday, July 31, 2020
Published in Health & Wellness Blog
Physical Therapy is a healthcare profession that seeks to improve the mobility, function, and quality of life through specialized techniques, modalities, exercises, and education in a variety of locations including in your own home.  A Home Health Physical Therapist works closely with you, your family and caregivers, and doctor. Goals…

Inner Ear Crystals, Vertigo, and Dizziness

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Published in Health & Wellness Blog
Imagine rolling over in bed and suddenly the room begins to violently spin.  As you lay there and try to regain your focus, within a minute or so, the sensation stops.  This is one of the ways that an individual describes the symptoms of vertigo.  Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)…
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