There is nothing worse than experiencing success with your fitness program, only to have it sabotaged by a troublesome injury. Here are 5 of the most common injuries and what you can do to prevent them. Please feel free to do an on-line search for the recommended exercises to prevent or help treat each injury. Consult your physician before starting an exercise program.
The orthopedic specialists at our hospital are available to help you with orthopedic problems including arthroscopic knee and shoulder scopes; carpal tunnel repair; fracture repair of the foot, ankle, forearm, and hand; and minor hand surgeries. Our emergency room is open 24/7/365 for urgent concerns. And, should you need more extensive, continuing care, we’ll set you up with a referral to one of our visiting orthopedic surgeons/specialists from Heartland Orthopedic Specialists.
For more information about orthopedic services at
Glacial Ridge Health System, please call 866.667.4747
or go to GlacialRidge.org.
Seasonal flu vaccines protect against the three influenza viruses that research shows will be most common during the upcoming season. About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop in the body to provide protection against those three influenza viruses.
The protection provided by a flu vaccine depends on the age and health of the person getting the vaccine, and the similarity or “match” between the viruses or virus in the vaccine and those circulating at the time.
There are two types of flu vaccines:
Flu Shot. This is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. There are three different flu shots available:
Flu Nasal-Spray. This is a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that is given as a nasal spray. It is sometimes called LAIV for "Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine." The viruses in the nasal spray vaccine do not cause the flu. LAIV is approved for use in healthy people ages 2 through 49 years who are not pregnant.
The flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends people get their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as vaccine becomes available in their community. Vaccination before December is best since this ensures that protective antibodies will be in place before flu activity is typically at its highest.
Flu shots and the nasal spray are now available for $28.00. Call 320.634.5157 to make an appointment at Glenwood Medical Center or 320.346.2272 for the Brooten Medical Center. Insurance will be billed.
While the CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccination, it is particularly important for those who are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications. These groups include:
Certain people should not get a flu vaccine without first consulting a physician. These include:
Breast cancer, the second most common cause of cancer related deaths in women, will affect an average of one in eight women sometime in their lifetime.
Mammogram plays a vital role in the early detection of breast cancer because it can detect changes in the breast that are too small or subtle to be felt. The development of mammography greatly enhanced the ability to detect breast cancer at earlier stages. Now a new technology, Full-Field Digital Mammography, is taking the fight against breast cancer to new levels.
Glacial Ridge Health System was the first healthcare provider in the area to offer Full-Field Digital Mammography, which offers significant advantages over the screen-film mammography (even if it is converted and saved digitally) offered by most other healthcare providers.
From a patient’s point of view, having a digital mammogram is very much like having a conventional screen-film mammogram. Digital mammograms, however, produce images that appear on the technologist’s monitor in a matter of seconds. One of the main benefits of digital mammography is the ease with which the images can be manipulated. As the radiologist reviews electronic images of the breast using special high-resolution monitors, s/he can adjust the brightness, change the contrast, and zoom in for close-ups of specific areas of interest.
Digital mammography also saves time and reduces patient exposure to x-rays by reducing the need for retakes due to over or underexposure. And, because digital images are electronic, they can be easily stored and copied without any loss of information. They can also be transmitted and received across a network in a more streamlined manner, eliminating dependence on the "original" set of films.
An annual mammogram is one of your best defenses against cancer. Full-field digital mammography at GRHS ensures you're getting the best imaging possible. Schedule your appointment today by calling 320.634.2273 or 320.634.4521.
The path to intellectual wellness involves engaging in creative, stimulating mental activities that expand your knowledge and open your mind. People who are intellectually well think critically, stay on top of current issues, embrace lifelong learning, and seek out new challenges. By staying involved and engaged in the world around them, they are able to enjoy a more fulfilling life.
To maintain a high level of intellectual wellness, it is helpful to look at life as a journey of learning. Look for new ideas and experiences to explore:
In the next issue, we’ll take a closer look at Environmental Wellness and the importance of leading a lifestyle that is respectful of your physical surroundings.
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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently issued new breast cancer screening guidelines that recommend mammography screening be offered annually to women beginning at age 40. ACOG cited the high incidence of breast cancer in the U.S. and the potential to reduce deaths when breast cancer is caught early as reasons for the recommendation change.
Previous ACOG guidelines recommended mammograms every one-to-two years starting at age 40, and annually beginning at age 50. The American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) have applauded the updated recommendations. These new recommendations correspond with those of the ACR, SBI, the American Society of Breast Disease, and many other medical associations.
Tree of Life Celebration
November 15, 7p
Join us in the celebration of life! The program includes performances by local talent and an outdoor candlelight vigil followed by the lighting of the "Tree of Life". If you wish to donate to Glacial Ridge Hospice by honoring or memorializing someone at the event, please contact the Hospice team at 320.634.2221. Their name will be included on the program. We hope you can join us.
Wellness involves making choices and adopting
a way of life that helps you achieve balance
across seven key areas:
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Brooten Clinic: 320.346.2272