Most of us have been waiting for the warmer days of spring to get outside, breathe the fresh air, and feel the warm sunshine on our skin – and with more people working from home these days – it may be more necessary than ever.
But as Wisconsin’s COVID-19 situation continues to emerge – people may be confused about what they can and can’t do.
Right now, most of us have been told to practice social distancing, work remotely if possible, and minimize contact with other people. But what does that involve?
It is winter. It’s snowing. It’s Wisconsin. That must mean it’s time to go snowmobiling.
Snowmobiling is a fun way for people of all ages to enjoy Wisconsin’s winter weather.
But, mix snowmobiles with excessive speed, alcohol, and inexperience and fun quickly can turn into a painful, and sometimes life-threatening, injuries.
According to a report in the Emergency Trauma Journal published in July 2019, there are approximately 200 fatal snowmobile accidents and 14,000 crashes that cause injury in the United States every year.
Over a third of the non-life-threatening injuries require more than 5 days in the hospital. The Journal of […]
As the weather warms, children and families will flock to parks or playgrounds for fresh air, fun, and activity.
While all the climbing, swinging, hanging, and balancing build dexterity and aids in bone and muscle development, playgrounds can be dangerous places for your little athlete. Failure to follow safety rules or playing on unsafe equipment can mean broken bones, strains, sprains, concussions, or life-threatening injuries.
The National Program for Playground Safety estimates 150,000 to 200,000 children are injured each year on playground equipment. Falls, the cause of most reported injuries, often lead to broken bones or severe sprains. These types of injuries often need […]
Winter weather causes falling hazards for the most surefooted people. Mix snow and freezing rain with cold temperatures and you have a recipe that glazes sidewalks, parking lots and driveways with ice, increasing the risk of falls.
The seriousness of the risk increases exponentially if you are over 65 years old.
A fall at this age could be as life-threatening as a heart attack. The National Council on Aging reports an older person falls every 11 seconds in the U.S. More than 2.8 million older Americans are treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year for fall-related injuries.
Though body aches are never enjoyable, they are evidence that your body’s immune system is working.
When a virus enters your body, your immune system gets ready for battle.
As the white blood cells fight the infection, you suffer the side effects: headaches, fever, runny nose, and sore throat. Along with these symptoms, you may experience muscle weakness (myositis) and joint and muscle pain (myalgia). These side effects may be your immune system’s way of making you rest.
Your immune system, not the virus, causes muscle aches and joint pain.
During the immune response, white blood cells produce glycoproteins […]
On the way to work, Jane stepped off her porch. She didn’t notice the clear black ice at the base of her steps. Her right leg went out from under her as her left leg stayed on the step. She heard the pop as she felt the crack. Jane couldn’t move. She yelled for help as searing pain tore through her knee. Fortunately, her neighbor heard her cries for help. He rushed to her side and called 9-1-1. A medical exam confirmed that Jane had broken her knee cap and had torn all the ligaments in her knee.
If you’re like most people living in Wisconsin, you’ve experienced cold hands at some point during the winter months.
It’s true cold hands mean a warm heart.
Most people experience cold hands as their bodies respond to lower temperatures. To protect critical brain, heart, and lung function, the surrounding muscles constrict the arteries and decrease blood flow to the extremities (arms, legs, hands, and feet). At the same time, blood flow to the internal organs increases. This process is called vasoconstriction.
A symptom of this involuntary response is cold hands, confirming […]
Walking can help you live and stay active longer with less pain – as long as you do it the right way. Distracted walking can have the opposite effects such as sudden and serious injury, resulting in long-term pain and recovery.
First, let’s look at the positive aspects of walking.
You probably already know that many medical experts recommend walking 10,000 steps at a moderate pace to improve your overall health. This walking prescription gave rise to the sale of pedometers and Fitbits as people count their steps each day. It also helped many people lose weight, […]
We currently do not offer ImPACT concussion testing.
We do treat concussions and reference the baseline ImPACT testing done by area schools, athletic trainers, and sport medicine specialists.
What is ImPACT testing?
ImPACT testing can be used before and after a traumatic brain injury. Each test should be administered by a trained sports medicine specialist or athletic trainer. Upon completion of the test, a neuropsychologist interprets the scores. According to impacttest.com, the 25-minute test consists of six modules that measure;
When accidents happen, they interrupt schedules and wreak havoc on finances.
In some cases, it may be more economical to visit an urgent care or walk-in clinic for treatment rather than an emergency room.
Where should you go?
The answer depends on the type of injury or symptoms that you are experiencing. Certain conditions do not give you the option of urgent care. In these circumstances, treatment may mean the difference between life and death or a higher quality of life.
Call 9-1-1 and go to the emergency room if you are experiencing symptoms related to life-threatening conditions, […]