Community Health Blog

  • Tinnitus: Understanding that Ringing in Your Ears October 8, 2019 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Many people experience a persistent ringing in their ears. This common affliction, known as tinnitus, affects roughly 20% of the American population. Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound when none is actually occurring. For some it is a minor nuisance but for others, a major impediment to their quality of life. It is… Continue Reading
  • Snow shoveling techniques to prevent lower back injuries. January 22, 2019 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Winter is finally here in Northeast Wisconsin and that means snow shoveling! Most people don’t prepare themselves physically for the rigors of this activity. That can be a painful mistake for our muscles, joints and our heart. We should look at snow removal as physical exercise and use the same concepts to get our bodies… Continue Reading
  • Healthy Holiday Eating Tips November 27, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - We all have our favorite holiday foods or drinks—green bean casserole, eggnog, prime rib and of course Grandma’s Christmas cookies. When it comes to eating healthy, this time of the year can be a challenge. But it is possible! First, consider setting yourself up for success. What I mean by that is when you know… Continue Reading
  • October is Audiology Awareness Month October 18, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - More than 48 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. While this condition is often viewed as an inevitable part of aging, over half of all patients are otherwise healthy adults under the age of 65. Regular hearing screenings are an invaluable tool in identifying problems early and taking steps to prevent further hearing damage before… Continue Reading
  • Winter Wellness Tips October 10, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Fall is truly is my favorite time of the year. Cooler mornings, bright sunshine and the turning of the leaves just make me feel refreshed and energetic. You’re probably wondering why I want to write about winter wellness when it’s only Fall but the change in season is a perfect time to look at ways… Continue Reading
  • How to Prevent Skin Tears August 3, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - As we get older, our skin becomes paper thin and is more fragile. A minor injury like bumping into furniture or even removing a band-aid can cause a significant skin tear. Skin tears are commonly seen on the arms, hands, and legs. They occur when the outer layer of the skin breaks or tears from… Continue Reading
  • Hearing Loss: Separating Fact from Fiction July 9, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Hearing loss is a condition that affects 48 million Americans. There are several misconceptions surrounding hearing loss, like that it only happens to people over the age of 70, that are untrue. It is important to distinguish the myths from the truth, as hearing health greatly impacts overall health conditions such as balance, cognitive health,… Continue Reading
  • Dry Needling: What You Should Know June 8, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Have you heard of dry needling? It is one of the hottest topics in physical therapy practice right now! It is trending on social media, the news, in physical therapy clinical advertisements, and is now offered at Holy Family Memorial! As a physical therapist who has been practicing dry needling for three years, I believe… Continue Reading
  • Nutrition for managing blood pressure May 24, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - May is National Blood Pressure Education month. The foods that we eat can play an important role in managing blood pressure. The tips below are helpful for anyone to both manage high blood pressure or to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range as a proactive approach. You may have heard of the DASH… Continue Reading
  • Ask a Doctor: High blood pressure raises heart disease risk May 15, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Question: I recently had my annual exam with my doctor and my blood pressure was a little high. If I can’t feel high blood pressure, is it something that I need to be concerned with? Answer: High blood pressure is a very important health problem. It is one of the most important modifiable risk factors… Continue Reading
  • Preventing stroke in your life. May 7, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Each year about 800,000 people suffer stroke in the United States and about 140,000 of those strokes will be fatal making stroke the fifth leading cause of death in America. It’s my hope that awareness, education and screening can help change the numbers of people having strokes. Risk factors for stroke are the same as… Continue Reading
  • Is breastfeeding or formula best for infants? April 18, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Comparing the benefits of breastfeeding versus formula feeding has been a hot topic not only among mothers, but throughout the medical community at large. Much research has been done to obtain objective data that show breast truly is best. The American Academy of Pediatrics stands firm in its recommendation of “exclusive breastfeeding for about six… Continue Reading
  • Spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain. April 2, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Many of our patients have benefited from having a spinal cord stimulator implant to decrease their chronic back, leg, or arm pain when surgery and other modalities haven’t provided relief. Spinal cord stimulation masks pain signals before they reach the brain. It is a drug free option for patients with the following conditions: Chronic leg… Continue Reading
  • LINX procedure gives reflux patients alternative to meds March 14, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) occurs when acid and enzymes that belong in the stomach are pushed back up (reflux) into the esophagus. Stomach acid has a pH of around 2. That’s strong enough to eat through some metals. We use it to digest an amazing variety of foods, absorb important nutrients, and to fight off… Continue Reading
  • Is back pain holding you back? March 12, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - In America, most adults experience back pain at some point in their life. It remains one of the most common concerns patients bring up with their doctor. Back pain is often grouped by duration of symptoms, less than 12 weeks or greater than 12 weeks, and by associated symptoms. For example, whether there is associated… Continue Reading
  • What is regenerative medicine? February 16, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Regenerative medicine is an area of medicine that focuses on using the body’s own natural healing ability to heal injured or degenerative tissue. While the field is branching across many medical specialties, in my office I focus on the orthopaedic applications. The field holds promise to heal tissue, such as tendon or cartilage, which we… Continue Reading
  • Women and Heart Disease January 30, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Although it's often considered a "man's problem," heart disease is a serious threat to women's health. Every year, heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, claims women and men in equal numbers—approximately 1 in every 4 deaths. The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) say only 54% of women… Continue Reading
  • Ear Infections in Children: What You Need to Know January 23, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Ear infections are one of the most common reasons parents take their children to the doctor. According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday, and most of these are not serious. An ear infection occurs when… Continue Reading
  • 5 Tips to Help You Start Your Weight Loss Journey December 26, 2017 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - In a few days, 2018 will be here. Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions that people make—but how many of us actually stick to it? The real challenge is how to stay motivated all year long. Here are five tips to help you get started with your weight loss goals:… Continue Reading
  • Ask a Doctor: Early signs of hearing loss December 11, 2017 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Question: I am 50 years old and work in the manufacturing industry. I have noticed lately that I am having trouble hearing certain things when someone is speaking to me. I think I might have a hearing problem, what can I do about this? Answer: This is a very common problem, especially for those who… Continue Reading
  • Cold, flu or just allergies? November 20, 2017 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Symptoms of allergy are most commonly sneezing, runny nose, and nasal itching. Other symptoms often present are cough, fatigue. There may be itching or watering of the eyes. Allergies may be “seasonal”, meaning that they happen at certain times of the year due to environmental factors such as grasses, weeds, or pollen. Fever is not… Continue Reading
  • What’s the difference between targeted therapy and chemo? October 25, 2017 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - Chemotherapy consists of drugs that are used to treat cancer. These drugs usually work by interfering with the ability of cancer cells to grow and multiply, leading to death of the cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs usually have effects not only on cancer cells but also on normal cells, especially those that grow and multiple more… Continue Reading
  • What parents should know about the HPV vaccine. October 10, 2017 Posted in: Blog, Community Health - The human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) is a great preventive tool available to the physician. HPV exposure can lead to the development of cervical cancer as well as cancer of the penis and also of the oral cavity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the HPV vaccine to children age 11 and older, and… Continue Reading