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Physical Therapy Today - New Year, New You: Final Tips

I hope you are well on your way to achieving a healthier, happier and longer life by the lifestyle changes you have made so far in this New Year. If you have yet to start, you still have time. In this final “New Year, New You” article I would...

 

Physical Therapy Today: A NEW YEAR, A NEW YOU – Part II, Exercise for life

In the last Physical Therapy Today article, “A New Year, A New You-Part I-Lifestyle Changes.” I wrote about how to accomplish permanent lifestyle changes so you can have a healthier, happier, and longer life. Today, we will consider one important...

 

Regional West Cancer Services offer breast cancer survivorship program

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – Like cardiac rehabilitation benefits a patient after a heart attack, many women need and want support and information following breast cancer treatment. Regional West Cancer Services will offer post-treatment survivorship...

 

Physical Therapy Today: A NEW YEAR, A NEW YOU-Part I

We all want to live a healthier, happier and longer life. What better time to renew our motivation than in the New Year 2015. Now, I am not talking about New Year’s resolutions. I am talking about true motivation to make the changes in your life...

 

Lifelong Health: Much of what we believe about obesity may be incorrect

In the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists from nutritional centers in the United States and abroad have published a paper titled “Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity.” They suggest that many of the beliefs regarding obesity are...

 

Lifelong Health: Smoking reduces a woman's life expectancy by 10 years

As a general rule when it comes to health, women are far better off than men. Prior to menopause, their risk of heart disease and stroke is substantially less than men, and the numbers of cancers occurring in both sexes is significantly lower. But...

 

Physical Therapy Today: Physical therapy for shin splints

The shinbone or the tibia is the front surface of the lower leg. This part of the body is under constant stress and strain when we walk, jump and run. An overuse injury happens when a certain threshold of tolerance is crossed. This is a condition...

 

Physical Therapy Today: Beat Type 2 diabetes with physical therapy

November is American Diabetes month. Although you may not think “physical therapy” if you have diabetes, the American Physical Therapy Association has stated that a safe, individualized exercise program may be the key in preventing type 2...

 

Physical Therapy Today: APTA debunks 7 common physical therapy myths

A recent survey conducted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) confirmed seven of the most common myths about physical therapy. While the demand for physical therapists continues to rise and many consumers are experiencing the...

 

Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors to receive $2 million grant

The state’s local health departments were acknowledged last week for their unique position as community conveners as well as for the expertise they bring to communities across our state. The Veterans Administration announced that the Nebraska...

 

Physical Therapy Today: The role of physical therapy in women's health

Ever since the #1 New York Times bestseller entitled “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus” by John Gray was published, more and more people have asked the question “What makes men and women so different?” Gray’s use of analogies and...

 

KHS-Potter Clinic set to open

A family health provider says she’s anxious to help launch a new medical clinic in the town where she spent a lot of time growing up. Kimberly Hafeman, PA-C, a physician assistant and former urgent care provider in Scottsbluff, will be the primary... Full story

 

Physical Therapy Today: Backpack safety - 6 steps to backpack safety for kid

As children head back to school in September, a disturbing new trend is emerging. Young children are suffering from back pain much sooner than generations before them. A major contributing factor seems to be a heavy backpack. Most parents (and childr...

 

Thinking about health - Quiz of the day: Will next year's insurance rates go up or down?

It’s now the silly season for insurance rates with government agencies, consulting groups, and the media all speculating about next year’s premiums. Will your insurance premiums go up or down this fall? Never before have I seen such intense...

 

Physical Therapy Today: The elimination of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) occurs as a result of overuse or misuse of the body and it generally affects the upper extremities. It has been reported that approximately 60% of all occupational injuries can be attributed to RSI. This causes a...

 

West Nile Virus is a concern in the Panhandle

Mosquito pools from the Panhandle have recently tested positive for West Nile Virus. “Finding the virus in mosquito’s serves as a warning that the virus continues to pose a risk to people in the Panhandle,” said Tabi Prochazka, Environmental...

 

Local nurse attends school health conference

Maryann Dickinson of Lodgepole was one of about 170 individuals attended the 30th annual School Health Conference June 9-10 in Kearney. A pre-conference session was held on June 8. Participants earned continuing education hours for attending the... Full story

 

Physical Therapy Today: Assistive devices

For most individuals, the probability that an assistive device may be needed seems very unlikely. Walking, and basic movements like getting out of bed, in and out of a car and climbing up the stairs are some of things we take for granted. As one...

 

Thinking about health: Taking unnecessary antibiotics can be harmful

How many times have you walked away from the doctor’s office with a prescription for an antibiotic to treat a cold? Probably many. Over the decades we’ve been conditioned to believe that antibiotics are sort of an insurance policy against some...

 

Thinking about health: Who comes between you and your doctor?

How many times have you heard politicians say that no bureaucrat should come between you and your doctor? You and your physician should decide when you need to go to the hospital or when you might want to wait out that cold before taking an...

 
 By Casey Cortney    Community    May 6, 2014

Physical Therapy Today: Physical Therapy for the Spine

The spinal column supports the body and provides the structural framework for muscles and bones in the trunk region. It is a bony framework that protects the spinal cord, which serves as a channel of communication between the brain and the rest of th...

 

Thinking about health: How many calories are in that Big Mac?

When you next eat at McDonald’s, here’s an exercise in consumer choice: Would you choose a Bacon Club House burger with 750 calories, a Big Mac with 550 calories, or the premium McWrap with bacon and grilled chicken giving you 460? You might...

 

Physical Therapy Today: National Walk @ Lunch Day®

Walking is one of the simplest, safest and most effective forms of exercise, but it can be hard to find time in our busy schedules to participate in physical activity. On Wednesday, April 30th, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are sponsoring the...

 

Physical Therapy Today: Can physical therapy help chronic fatigue syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a clinical condition characterized by excessive fatigue and body pain. It is often preceded by a viral illness and is associated with symptoms like muscle aches and pains, joint pains, difficulty sleeping and at...

 

Physical Therapy Today: The heart truth: exercise for a healthy heart

February is American Heart Month, so what better way to celebrate than exercising for a healthy heart. When it comes to your loved ones, the health of the heart is extremely important. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States,...

 

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