Health & Wellness Blog

Is your child's backpack too heavy?

Tuesday, August 06, 2019
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It’s back to school time once again. As schedules and routines become established we may find our children's backpacks becoming more and more heavy.   The weight of their backpacks could be a cause for concern as injuries may result.  Carrying backpacks, especially overloaded ones, can cause chronic back pain which…

COPD Risk Factors

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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Take a deep breath in – and out. Breathing isn’t easy for everyone, especially those with COPD. COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and it’s talked about a lot these days for a good reason. According to the American Lung Association, the third leading cause of disease-related deaths in…

Your Hernia Questions, Answered

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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Hernias are usually self-identified due to bulging, swelling, and/or pain. It’s important to consult your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms and they are affecting your daily life. Here are a few frequently asked questions about hernias that I’ve answered below. What is a hernia? A hernia is a hole that allows…

Give the Gift of Health

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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It's only $45 to give the gift of a Target Heart or Stroke Screen. Consider Target Heart or Stroke Screen if any of the following risk factors apply: Family history of heart disease or stroke  High cholesterol History of smoking High blood pressure Overweight High stress levels Sedentary lifestyle Diabetes Postmenopausal female Target Heart…

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…

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. …