Pain Management Part-Two: Pain is Personal

Pain Management Part-Two: Pain is Personal

By MiKayla Christensen, PT, DPT, MTC, Physical Therapy Doctor-prescribed opioids are appropriate in some cases, but they just mask the pain —and opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention recommend physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to addictive opioids for long-term pain management. Whereas opioids only mask the sensation of pain, physical therapists are movement experts and can help diagnose and treat injuries while helping individuals identify strategies to better manage their pain. The earlier you seek care, the better the chances you have for...

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Flu Season Ahead – Avoid Putting Your Life On Hold

Flu Season Ahead – Avoid Putting Your Life On Hold

By Thomas Haus, M.D., Family Medicine Getting the flu means putting your life on hold, and missing school or work affects everyone in your family. The best way to protect against influenza is to get an annual flu vaccine. Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. Because flu viruses are constantly changing, the vaccine is updated from one season to the next. When you are vaccinated, you are also helping protect newborns and people with chronic health conditions who are unable to get the flu vaccine. Recommendations The Centers for Disease...

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Hospital Auxiliary’s Harvest Ball Raises $20,000

Hospital Auxiliary’s Harvest Ball Raises $20,000

The Auxiliary of Glacial Ridge Hospital hosted another successful Harvest Ball fundraiser which allowed them to complete their $50,000 pledge from three years ago. Hospital Auxiliary Treasurer Vonnie Anderson presented a check for $10,000 to hospital nurses Ashley Bacon, Tara Giese, and Hayley Hoiland. The $50,000 pledge was to purchase 22 new vital sign machines for the new hospital rooms. Since the new wing opened in December 2017, the addition of the in-room machines has been an asset for both patients and nursing staff. Auxiliary members and GRHS employees are truly grateful for all the support from the community. The remaining $10,000 raised from this...

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Pain Management Part-One: The Brain on Pain

Pain Management Part-One: The Brain on Pain

By MiKayla Christensen, PT, DPT, MTC, Physical Therapy Did you know that physical therapy is a safe and effective alternative to opioids for treatment of chronic pain conditions? The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) uses the month of October to encourage others to learn about the multiple ways physical therapists can help manage pain. As physical therapists, we treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education. The increase in physical activity can also lead to improved physical, social, and emotional health and reduce people’s risk of other chronic diseases. During the #ChoosePT campaign, we’ll share some facts each week. Here’s part...

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Family Practice Physician Dr. Scott Maanum Joins GRHS

Family Practice Physician Dr. Scott Maanum Joins GRHS

Glacial Ridge Health System welcomes Dr. Scott Maanum to the family medicine care team in Glenwood. Dr. Maanum provides complete care for patients of all ages—from babies to elders. He enjoys many aspects of family medicine, such as being able to provide a continuity of care, and the promotion of wellness and preventive care. “Family medicine allows for relationship building and care over a person’s lifespan,” said Dr. Maanum. “I want my practice to be personal—focused on helping people stay healthy and be proactive in choosing ways to maintain good habits.” Since Dr. Maanum began his medical training by focusing...

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Enterprise Band to Play at Harvest Ball

Enterprise Band to Play at Harvest Ball

By Celeste Rapp, originally printed in the Starbuck Times on September 26. The 14th annual Harvest Ball is quickly approaching. On Oct. 12 at Lakeside Ballroom, community members will have the opportunity to dress up and enjoy an evening with friends. Doors open with a social hour at 5 p.m., where ball-goers will be able to view the live and silent auction items as well as sign up for raffles and bid on the “Walls of Wine.” Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., and guests can expect a gourmet meal of prime rib and gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, Caribbean...

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Pack It Light, Wear It Right

Pack It Light, Wear It Right

Today is National School Backpack Awareness Day. Over 23,000 people a year go to the emergency room because of injuries related to backpacks and book bags! It is reported that 55 percent of students carry a backpack heavier than the recommended guideline of 10 percent of the child’s body weight. Watch our video for a brief demonstration. Occupational therapist(s) around the country are working together to raise awareness of the health implications of carrying too much weight in your backpack, purse, and briefcase. Experts state that a child wearing a backpack incorrectly or that is too heavy can be contributing risk factors...

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Free Lunch Seminar: Walk BIG, Speak LOUD

Free Lunch Seminar: Walk BIG, Speak LOUD

Glacial Ridge Health System is hosting a free seminar for area residents with impairments to their speech and large motor skills due to Parkinson’s disease or other neurological disorders. The purpose of the seminar is to provide people with these conditions and their family with information on treatments that are available to help them stay active, both vocally and physically. The seminar begins with lunch at noon on Thursday, October 4, and the public is invited to attend. It will be held at Glenwood Senior Center, 107 South Franklin Street. (See below for registration deadline.) At the seminar, two Lee...

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Nationally Recognized Surgeon, Dr. Elizabeth Colsen, Joins GRHS

Nationally Recognized Surgeon, Dr. Elizabeth Colsen, Joins GRHS

Glacial Ridge Health System welcomes Dr. Elizabeth Colsen as a full-time surgeon, as we continue to expand the healthcare provided to the Glenwood area. Dr. Colsen specializes in state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgery for a wide range of surgical procedures. Minimally invasive surgery (also called laparoscopic) uses small incisions, which allow patients to get back to their daily lives more quickly, with less discomfort. “Laparoscopic procedures are less invasive and allow faster healing,” said Dr. Colsen. “I enjoy being able to provide greater access to advanced, minimally invasive procedures and surgeries for Glacial Ridge patients.” Her experience makes her highly qualified...

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Eat Half Your Plate – In Fruits and Vegetables

Eat Half Your Plate – In Fruits and Vegetables

By Margie Nelson, CNP, Family Medicine and Walk-In Clinic September’s garden harvest – it’s easier this time of year to eat more of those fresh, delicious vegetables. September is also Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month. Why celebrate something like this? Because 90% of us do not eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables we need on a daily basis, even though we know the health benefits from doing so. Why does it seem so difficult to eat foods we know are good for us? How can you add more fruits and vegetables to your diet?  Here are...

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