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How can Occupational Therapy improve functionality?

Thursday, April 04, 2019
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Occupational Therapy (OT) and hand therapy are specialized areas of therapy that focuses on helping people of all ages improve or recover the skills necessary to complete their daily activities or “occupations”. These occupations include self cares, career and productive tasks, and social/leisure skills. Whether you are recovering after an…

Managing Acute Low Back Pain

Monday, March 04, 2019
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Whether shoveling snow, lifting weights, or even picking up children or grandchildren, most of us have experienced an episode of acute low back pain. In fact, 25% of Americans report having low back pain within the last three months. Acute pain simply means occurring within the last three months, whereas…

What is heart failure?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure affects over 6.5 million Americans and is the leading cause of hospital readmissions in adults over the age of 65.  Heart failure is a chronic and progressive disease that means your heart isn't pumping well and is unable to provide the body everything…

When to Remove a Child’s Tonsils

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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February in South Dakota is prime time for ice fishing, snowmobiling, and day dreaming for warmer summer days to come. February also happens to be Kids ENT Health Month. Parents are often busy taking their children to their primary care physician during this time for ear, nose, and throat (ENT)…

Diabetes Friendly Recipes for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 15, 2018
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The holidays bring comfort and joy... but they may also bring unwanted, added weight. This season our dietitians have you covered with delicious, healthy recipes. In honor of November being Diabetes Awareness Month, all recipes are diabetes friendly.  Meal: Herb-Roasted Turkey, Half-Mashed Potatoes, Stuffed Brussel Sprout Bites, and Sage Stuffing:…

What is sepsis?

Saturday, November 10, 2018
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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 7 million people get sepsis each year in the U.S and about 270,000 die from sepsis each year. Sepsis death can be prevented with rapid diagnosis and treatment. Sepsis is a life threatening illness caused by your body's response to an infection.  Sepsis…

How to Help Vertigo

Thursday, August 23, 2018
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As published in the Public Opinion on August 22.  Have you ever rolled over in bed or tipped your head back and felt like the room was spinning?  Then you probably experienced a common form of dizziness called vertigo. Vertigo is defined as a false sense of movement or spinning. …

The Loss of Bladder Control

Friday, July 06, 2018
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Urinary incontinence, the loss of bladder control, is a common complaint among women, but it is not normal.  The most common type of urinary incontinence is stress urinary incontinence which occurs with an increase in abdominal pressure such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, movement and exercise.  While leaking urine is a…

Protect Your Family from West Nile

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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Mosquitos really become a bother in the middle of summer and we begin to worry about the West Nile Virus. This season the first confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in South Dakota was June 5. How can you get rid of these pesky mosquitos and reduce your risk…

New Blood Pressure Guidelines

Monday, May 07, 2018
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Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways; including, coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease. High blood pressure is a…
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