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1111, 2022

Stay safe and sound this hunting season

In Wisconsin, fall is the season for hunting. And the two go together like Cheeseheads and the Green Bay Packers. Take care and stay safe this hunting season.

Hunting is not for everyone. But those who take part are dedicated to the sport. It’s tradition. Hunters plan and prepare for months before the season opener. Scouting out the best spots. Constructing hunting blinds. And airing out clothing to remove all human scent.

Surprisingly, even though the sport of hunting uses equipment designed for deadly force, […]

2906, 2022

Use Fireworks Safely. Stay Independent this Fourth of July

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Fireworks and the 4th of July go together like brats and buns.

But, lighting the sky up at home has its risks.

An explosive injury can lead to the loss of independence and, in worse-case scenarios, the loss of life.

According to the National Safety Council, 17 people died, and more than 12,000 people were injured by fireworks in 2017. Half of those injured were under 20 years of age.

Even the most “harmless” of types cause injury. Firecrackers cause nearly a fifth of […]

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. The acidity of the vinegar drew out all the minerals.

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

It’s one reason a healthy bone-building diet is so important.

How can I make my bones stronger?

Your […]

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 […]

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