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1208, 2021

Meet Samantha Kreutter, DPT, ATC

Samantha Kreutter, DPT, ATC, is a doctor of physical therapy and a certified athletic trainer who provides therapeutic care at Bone & Joint’s physical therapy clinics in Plover and Wausau.

Samantha joined Bone & Joint in March 2021. She works to improve her patients’ flexibility and range of motion so they can get back to the activities they love. Samantha has special interests in sports medicine, general orthopedics, injury prevention, dry needling, and concussion management.

Samantha earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor […]

2707, 2021

When should I see a provider for back pain?

Your back may be hurting for many reasons. Sitting too long, missing a step, or lifting a heavy object can twist your muscles and take a toll on your back. Eight out of ten people experience spinal pain at some point in their lives.

The good news is that 95 percent of the time, back pain will improve without medical treatment. But if your pain is severe, persistent and limiting, it’s in your best interest to see a physician and check it out.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, your back is telling you to […]

2207, 2021

Can you improve bone health at any age?

Did you ever do the experiment where you placed a chicken bone or an egg in a glass of vinegar and let it sit overnight? Do you remember what happened? The next day the chicken bone bent like a piece of licorice, and the eggshell was soft. This happened because the acidity of the vinegar drew out all the minerals.

That’s what happens—to a lesser extent—in our bones when our bodies try to keep the acidic, alkaline, and mineral levels in balance to keep our bodies running smoothly.

It’s one reason a healthy bone-building diet filled with […]

2207, 2021

Why do my feet swell?

There may be many reasons. First, it IS summer in Wisconsin, and that means heat, humidity, and swollen feet.

Just ask Janice. It was a hot July day. Janice and her family went to the beach. She played with the kids in the lake, enjoyed a picnic lunch, and just enjoyed relaxing on the beach blanket in the warm sunshine. But by day’s end, Janice’s feet had swollen too much to fit into her shoes.

Fortunately, like most weather-related swelling, Janice’s swollen feet were a temporary condition.

Why do our feet swell in hot weather?

The body is amazing […]

2207, 2021

Stay pain-free during your road trip

Road Trips.

Some people love them, and others, well, let’s just say road trips are not a favorite. But no matter which camp you’re in, it seems the pandemic has made road trips inevitable for many of us.

Besides paying attention to mask mandates, six-foot distances, and frequent handwashing, also consider your joints and muscles as you travel.

Driving or riding in a car can be a real pain in the sciatic nerve.

If you’re prone to sciatica, you know sitting in one position for hours can cause weakness, numbness, tingling, and sometimes sharp, piercing discomfort that reaches from your […]

2107, 2021

Can I hike after knee replacement surgery?

Most people can get back to the activities they enjoy after knee replacement surgery, including hiking.

But before we delve into the specifics, let’s review a few general facts about your knees.

Your knee joint is one of the largest joints in your body. It’s capable of bearing your entire weight as it bends and flexes. Your knee’s greatest strength also makes it very susceptible to injury.

Total or partial knee replacement surgery is an alternative for people who experience pain and stiffness in their knee joints due to wear and tear, age, injury, or arthritis.

What is a […]

506, 2021

Help! My foot won’t heal

Your feet are under the constant stress of weight, they are far from your heart, and if you wear shoes, they’re encased in a dark, moist place for many hours of the day.

For most people, blisters and other foot injuries heal in a week or two.

But for people who suffer from diabetes or high blood sugar levels, even minor problems can lead to chronic wounds or ulcers on their feet. People with undiagnosed diabetes can find themselves in a troublesome situation if blisters or sores do not heal.

Any foot wound or open sore can lead to […]

506, 2021

How does cycling affect your bones?

No matter how old you are, summertime in Wisconsin is a beautiful time to ride your bicycle.

You can ride in your neighborhood or choose to use the miles and miles of trails winding through Wisconsin’s natural areas. These gravel or asphalt paths keep you off the main roads as you enjoy the surroundings.

If you’d rather bike to work, many cities and towns in our state have added dedicated lanes for safer travel from place to place.

But is cycling the best exercise for your bones? 

Cycling offers some excellent cardiovascular health benefits.

A strong cardiovascular system improves blood […]

3105, 2021

Childhood obesity could cause future joint problems

Caution: A lifetime of joint problems may be ahead

Did you know 29.5 percent young people between the ages 10 and 17 were overweight or obese in 2016?

All this extra weight may create mobility issues for these children as they become adults.

recent study in the International Journal of Obesity suggests that children who are overweight not only experience musculoskeletal pain, but they also may have bone and joint dysfunction later in life. However, the cumulative effect of childhood obesity on adult health requires further investigation.

Obesity also causes some immediate conditions that affect the health and well-being […]

3105, 2021

You have great toes!

Actually, you have two of them.

We’re talking about your big toes. They play an essential role in your balance, health, and movement.

Henry found out that fact the hard way.

As Henry walked down his steps while talking on the phone, he slipped and slid down the last two steps with his big toe folded under his body.

Knowing it was too late to visit a doctor, the emergency room was the only option for care that evening. To avoid a costly medical bill, Henry decided to wait until Bone & Joint opened in the morning. He would […]

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