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Sudden Hearing Loss

Friday, September 25, 2020
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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…

The Right Kind of Help for Lymphedema

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
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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…

Does hurt equal harm after surgery?

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)…

Getting Back to Activities with Occupational Therapy

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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Many people think occupational therapy refers to helping people find a job.  In a sense they are correct.  Occupational therapy helps people with the job of living and taking care of one’s self.    Occupational therapists help individuals regain their level of independence to perform daily activities including eating, dressing,…

Would Aquatic Therapy Help Me?

Thursday, July 09, 2020
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The HydroWorx 2000 Series aquatic therapy pool is a part of Prairie Lakes Rehabilitation Services in Watertown. The therapy pool is designed to reduce pain, improve range of motion and enhance rehabilitation outcomes. Stacey Thury, Physical Therapist and Kristine DeBerg, Physical Therapy Assistant answer some frequently asked questions (FAQs) during the video below.  Therapy Pool…

Protect Your Family from West Nile

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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Mosquitos really become a bother in the middle of summer and we begin to worry about the West Nile Virus. How can you get rid of these pesky mosquitos and reduce your risk of West Nile Virus transmission? Here are some tips from the South Dakota Department of Health: Apply…
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