Blog http://agnesian.com/blog/rss Agnesian en Masks & Face Coverings: What You Need to Know http://agnesian.com/blog/masks-face-coverings-what-you-need-know <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/CDC%20Face%20Covering%20Facebook%20Image.jpg" width="1080" alt="Mask" typeof="Image" /><p>COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which come out of your mouth and nose when you breathe, talk, sneeze, sing and so on. The main goal of wearing a mask is to prevent those droplets from getting into your mouth and nose.</p> <p>Deciding which type of mask is most appropriate? Here is what’s available, along with pros and cons.</p> <p><em>When at an Agnesian HealthCare facility, patients and visitors must wear cloth or disposable masks.</em></p> <p><strong>Bandanas and Neck Gaiters</strong></p> Mon, 03 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/masks-face-coverings-what-you-need-know Agnesian HealthCare Hospice Hope earns SHPBestTM ‘Superior Performer’ Caregiver Satisfaction Award  http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-hospice-hope-earns-shpbesttm-superior-performer-caregiver-satisfaction <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Kirker%2C%20Lisa.jpg" width="750" alt="Lisa Kirker" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare’s Hospice Hope has been recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) as a “Superior Performer” for achieving an overall caregiver and family satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20 percent of all eligible SHP clients for the 2019 calendar year.</p> Mon, 20 Jul 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-hospice-hope-earns-shpbesttm-superior-performer-caregiver-satisfaction Agnesian HealthCare Foundation to host virtual Charity Open http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-foundation-host-virtual-charity-open <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/AGN-20079%20Charity%20Open_Digital_720x720_A%20%281%29.jpg" width="1000" alt="Virtual Charity Open" typeof="Image" /><p>The need for hospice care within the greater Fond du Lac area continues despite COVID-19. In fact, it continues to rise annually as nearly 1,000 hospice patients were served in 2019 alone with 30 percent receiving financial assistance for the length of their care - about 65 days on average.</p> <p>What has changed is how the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation will be approaching its annual Charity Open, now in its 32<sup>nd</sup> year. The event generally features a raffle, golfing and dinner with silent and live auctions.</p> Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-foundation-host-virtual-charity-open Christian Home cancels annual August pie social http://agnesian.com/blog/christian-home-cancels-annual-august-pie-social <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Rendering%20Color%20LR%207-31%20%281%29.jpg" width="7988" alt="Christian Home" typeof="Image" /><p>The Christian Home &amp; Rehabilitation Center is cancelling its annual August pie social and car show due to uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/christian-home-cancels-annual-august-pie-social Agnesian HealthCare updates visitor policy http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-updates-visitor-policy <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/GettyImages-1204696189%20%281%29.jpg" width="2059" alt="Covid update" typeof="Image" /><p>Effective Wednesday, June 17, Agnesian HealthCare will be implementing a new visitor policy and expectations across all locations (this does not affect our long-term care facilities). This update comes as the ministry continues into the recovery phase and maintains appropriate precautions to ensure patient and visitor safety throughout its facilities. </p> Tue, 16 Jun 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-updates-visitor-policy Catholic Health Association salutes exceptional young leaders in the ministry http://agnesian.com/blog/catholic-health-association-salutes-exceptional-young-leaders-ministry <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Parker_Tiffany2.jpeg" width="2726" alt="Tiffany Parker" typeof="Image" /><p>Tiffany Parker, director of Inpatient Behavioral Health, Addiction Services and Domestic Violence Services with Agnesian HealthCare, was among 10 young professionals recognized by the Catholic Health Association (CHA) in early June during a virtual assembly.</p> <p>Parker is being honored as one of Tomorrow's Leaders 10 accomplished individuals - all age 40 or younger - who are poised to continue to make significant contributions to the ministry for years to come.</p> Tue, 09 Jun 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/catholic-health-association-salutes-exceptional-young-leaders-ministry Long-term neurologist, team join Fond du Lac Regional Clinic http://agnesian.com/blog/long-term-neurologist-team-join-fond-du-lac-regional-clinic <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/gu_xian%20website%20thumb.jpg" width="261" alt="Dr Gu" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare, with the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, is pleased to announce the addition of Xian-feng Gu, MD, neurologist, and other members of Lakeside Neurocare team effective July 1, 2020.</p> <p>For more than 25 years, Dr. Gu has served with Lakeside Neurocare providing patients with comprehensive neurology services, as well as education and encouragement, and being an active partner in the management of their neurologic needs.</p> <p>He is joined by Lacy Ihde, MSN, APNP-C, and Renae Patrick, RN, MSN, APNP-C.</p> Mon, 08 Jun 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/long-term-neurologist-team-join-fond-du-lac-regional-clinic Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers at Waupun Memorial award scholarships http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-waupun-memorial-award-scholarships <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Scholarship%20Image.jpg" width="1827" alt="Scholarship" typeof="Image" /><p>Five area students who intend to pursue careers in health care have been awarded scholarships from the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers at Waupun Memorial Hospital.</p> <p>Scholarship recipients were chosen from among area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in health care.</p> <p>The following seniors are recipients of $1,000 scholarships.</p> Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-waupun-memorial-award-scholarships Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers award scholarships http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-award-scholarships <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Scholarship%20Image.jpg" width="1827" alt="AHC scholarships" typeof="Image" /><p>Seven area students who intend to pursue careers in health care have been awarded scholarships from the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers.</p> <p>Scholarship recipients were chosen from among area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in health care.</p> <p>The following seniors are recipients of $2,000 scholarships.</p> Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-award-scholarships Meet curiosity...the antidote to change ‘frustration’ http://agnesian.com/blog/meet-curiositythe-antidote-change-frustration <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Halper%2C%20Robin_0.jpg" width="823" alt="Halper, Robin" typeof="Image" /><p>There’s no denying that we’ve all been forced to change our way of life these past few months. While for some it has been subtle, for the vast majority of us our lives have almost become unrecognizable. We keep hearing the words “new normal” everywhere you turn, and quite frankly they’ve come to sound a little irritating. </p> Wed, 13 May 2020 07:00:00 CDT Robin Halper, LPC-IT http://agnesian.com/blog/meet-curiositythe-antidote-change-frustration Dealing with arthritis pain during the COVID-19 pandemic http://agnesian.com/blog/dealing-arthritis-pain-during-covid-19-pandemic <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Callahan-Bert%20web%20480_0.jpg" width="480" alt="Callahan" typeof="Image" /><p><em>How do I deal with my significant hip or knee pain until the orthopedic teams are able to begin performing joint replacement surgery?</em></p> <p>There are a variety of non-operative treatment options for arthritis pain. No one treatment is going to help everyone, and patients need to find the treatments that seem to work the best for them.</p> <p><strong>Medications</strong></p> Fri, 24 Apr 2020 07:00:00 CDT Bert Callahan, MD http://agnesian.com/blog/dealing-arthritis-pain-during-covid-19-pandemic Communication at a Distance http://agnesian.com/blog/communication-distance <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/AGN-20091%20COVID-19_Stay%20Connected_720x720_D.jpg" width="1500" alt="stay connected" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Alyssa Hallgren, MS, CRC, LPC </em></p> <p>Communication has always been important in our interactions with friends, family, co-workers and professionals. From a young age, we begin learning the “dos and don’ts” of communication to ensure that we don’t offend those we are interacting with. In the age of social distancing, we are communicating in all new ways and have new rules to learn.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 07:00:00 CDT http://agnesian.com/blog/communication-distance Agnesian HealthCare expands care options for patients http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-expands-care-options-patients <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Telehealth.JPG" width="733" alt="telehealth" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the need for regular care continues</em></p> <p>Even under a stay-at-home order, patients still require access to the care they need. That’s why Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health, continues to offer high-quality care to patients and communities.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-expands-care-options-patients COVID-19 Business Closures http://agnesian.com/blog/covid-19-business-closures <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/GettyImages-1204696189%20%281%29.jpg" width="2059" alt="Covid" typeof="Image" /><p>Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Agnesian HealthCare has taken proactive steps to close the following locations for the health and safety of our patients and employees:</p> <p><strong>Agnesian Health Shoppe: </strong></p> <ul><li>Retail showroom closed until further notice</li> <li>Services available for mail, curbside pickup and limited delivery. Call (920) 926-5277</li> </ul><p><strong>Agnesian Optical Shop - available by appointment only</strong></p> <p><strong>Agnesian Pharmacies &amp; Prescription Centers: </strong></p> Mon, 23 Mar 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/covid-19-business-closures Coronavirus and you: Some FAQs http://agnesian.com/blog/coronavirus-and-you-some-faqs <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Coronavirus-blood-tube.jpg" width="1440" alt="Coronavirus" typeof="Image" /><p>The coronavirus that has caused numerous deaths in China is a source of concern worldwide. Like any public health issue, questions about coronavirus are on many people’s minds. So, we spoke with SSM Health Director of Infection Prevention Chris Zirges to answer some of the most common questions about the illness.</p> Tue, 03 Mar 2020 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/coronavirus-and-you-some-faqs Agnesian HealthCare welcomes new physiatrist http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-physiatrist <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Homb-Kris.jpg" width="2275" alt="Kris Homb" typeof="Image" /><p>Kris Homb, MD, a board-certified physiatrist, is now accepting patients at the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, 421 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac. He joins Elizabeth Bensen, MD, and Patricia Michels, APNP, in the practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation.</p> <p>Dr. Homb specializes in spine and sports medicine, including joint/soft tissue and nerve injections by palpation, ultrasound, or fluoroscopy. Dr. Homb also offers Botox for spasticity.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2020 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-physiatrist ‘There are no words’ http://agnesian.com/blog/there-are-no-words <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/G843530334%20Bereavement%20250x250.jpg" width="250" alt="bereavement" typeof="Image" /><p>“There are no words.” It’s a cliche used often and casually in conversation. It means that we can’t explain how we feel or that something is so unreal that we can’t believe it has happened.</p> <p>That is what it feels like when someone we love dies. There are no words. A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with someone about the death of a loved one and we both were looking for words to describe the feeling. We finally decided that indeed, there were no words. </p> Tue, 03 Sep 2019 07:00:00 CDT Sharon Stoffel, MS, LCSW, LPC http://agnesian.com/blog/there-are-no-words Grieving at one's own pace http://agnesian.com/blog/grieving-ones-own-pace <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Faith-Community-Nurse.jpg" width="960" alt="grieving" typeof="Image" /><p>At the Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Center, one service we offer is one-on-one support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. We offer free support to both children and adults during the grieving process following the death of a significant person in their life. While the world sometimes attaches stigma to getting support, we want you to know it's okay to challenge that and know how courageous you are for stepping forward to receive the support you may need.  </p> Sat, 01 Jun 2019 07:00:00 CDT Kelly Hanson http://agnesian.com/blog/grieving-ones-own-pace Support groups help during grieving process http://agnesian.com/blog/support-groups-help-during-grieving-process-0 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/G476345559%20Women%20MotherDaughter%20720x720.jpg" width="720" alt="bereavement" typeof="Image" /><p>The power of support groups is a beautiful thing. At the Bereavement Center, we offer several grief support groups throughout the month.</p> Sun, 28 Apr 2019 07:00:00 CDT Megyn Wirkus, MST http://agnesian.com/blog/support-groups-help-during-grieving-process-0 Managing pain after loss http://agnesian.com/blog/managing-pain-after-loss <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/family_ps%20%281%29.jpg" width="98" alt="Loss" typeof="Image" /><p>The journey of grief is painful. The pain is emotional, physical and mental. It might mean our bones and joints ache and it definitely means that our heart aches. Is there a day that will come when we don’t miss our loved ones or feel that ache? I hear this question often. And my answer is always the same, no. There will never come a day when we won’t miss our parent, our partner, our sibling or our child. That is not the goal of walking the journey of grief. So how do we live with the painful feeling of missing someone we love? </p> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 06:00:00 CST Sharon Stoffel, MS, LCSW, LPC http://agnesian.com/blog/managing-pain-after-loss Treating yourself like you treat others http://agnesian.com/blog/treating-yourself-you-treat-others <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/921736458%20Background%20Sunrise.jpg" width="6016" alt="Sunrise" typeof="Image" /><p><em>“When you stop worrying about what you cannot control, you have time to change the things you can control. And that changes everything.” - Marcandangel</em></p> <p>It can happen at any time. One moment you think you have all the answers and life is “going your way.” The next, you are scrambling to make sense of the chaos. Often we say that we had “the best laid plans,” but we know that it can take just a moment to make those plans obsolete. So, what do you do when things are out of your control? How do you respond?</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 06:00:00 CST Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist http://agnesian.com/blog/treating-yourself-you-treat-others Self-care important to health, well-being http://agnesian.com/blog/self-care-important-health-well-being <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-481273635_Meditation.jpg" width="4928" alt="meditation" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Kelly Hanson, MA</em></p> <p><em>Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Specialist</em></p> <p>“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” -Eleanor Brown</p> <p>Self-care is a term we hear on a regular basis. However, how often do you evaluate your self-care? Are you feeling burned out? Or, do you wake up feeling replenished each day? It is important to really think about what this term means and how to implement it into our daily lives.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2019 06:00:00 CST http://agnesian.com/blog/self-care-important-health-well-being Give yourself permission http://agnesian.com/blog/give-yourself-permission <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/4906482-1600x2400.jpg" width="2400" alt="Winter Grief" typeof="Image" /><p>Let me introduce myself. I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend. During the day, I can be found as a bereavement specialist, a Cub Scout Den leader, a Sunday School teacher, a school volunteer. I spend my days cooking, cleaning and running taxi for my family. I am there whenever anyone needs an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on.</p> Sat, 01 Dec 2018 06:00:00 CST Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist http://agnesian.com/blog/give-yourself-permission Resolve Through Sharing helped this mom cope with loss http://agnesian.com/blog/resolve-through-sharing-helped-mom-cope-loss <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Grief%20photo.jpg" width="178" alt="Grief Photo" typeof="Image" /><p>Sometimes events touch your life in a way that you will always remember - where you were, when it happened and the people that were with you. </p> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT http://agnesian.com/blog/resolve-through-sharing-helped-mom-cope-loss Personal experience helps outreach to others http://agnesian.com/blog/personal-experience-helps-outreach-others <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/grief%20woman.jpg" width="2400" alt="Grieving Woman" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Kelly Hanson, MA, Bereavement Specialist</em></p> <p>It is truly special to me how our life experiences shape us into the people we are meant to be. My journey to becoming a bereavement specialist at Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Services is an example of this. Here is my story.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT http://agnesian.com/blog/personal-experience-helps-outreach-others Helping those facing suicidal thoughts http://agnesian.com/blog/helping-those-facing-suicidal-thoughts <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/BlockJackie_8768.jpg" width="2227" alt="Jackie Block, LMFT, LCSW, Psychotherapy" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Jackie Block, LMFT, LCSW, Psychotherapy</em></p> <p><em>St. Agnes Hospital Behavioral Health Services</em></p> <p>I often get asked in my role what someone should do if they suspect someone that they know could be suicidal. What should they do or say to that person? What is the right thing to do or say and what is the wrong thing to do or say? Since this is such a sensitive topic (and some people may avoid doing anything because they don't know what to do), it would be good to offer some tips on what to do.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 07:00:00 CDT http://agnesian.com/blog/helping-those-facing-suicidal-thoughts What is Dry Needling? http://agnesian.com/blog/what-dry-needling <p><strong>What is dry needling?</strong></p> <p><em>Micah Swift, DPT, Outpatient Physical Therapy, St. Agnes Hospital</em></p> <p>Dry needling is a technique performed by a physical therapist with advanced training. While it can be used for a variety of reasons, it is primarily used to relieve muscle tension and pain in the form of a trigger point or what is more commonly called a knot.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:00:00 CDT http://agnesian.com/blog/what-dry-needling Stroke risk higher for women than for men http://agnesian.com/blog/stroke-risk-higher-women-men <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Larsen%20Nathan%20Dr%20WEBSITE.jpg" width="261" alt="Nathan Larsen" typeof="Image" /><p>Everyone should be aware of the warning signs of stroke. In the United States, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death among men and the third leading cause of death in women, according to the American Stroke Association.</p> <p>“In fact, about 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year and strokes kill twice as many women as breast cancer every year,” according to Nathan Larsen, MD, St. Agnes Hospital Emergency Department &amp; EMS medical director.</p> Wed, 23 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/stroke-risk-higher-women-men A Mother’s Love http://agnesian.com/blog/mothers-love <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/May%202018%20Blog%20ThinkstockPhotos-532556370.jpg" width="2121" alt="Mother&#039;s Day" typeof="Image" /><p>A few weeks ago, I finalized plans for a “Girls Only” weekend to visit my friend in Florida for her wedding. No kids, no husbands along. Just the girls, getting a chance to reunite and catch up over a long weekend. You cannot imagine the anticipation that has been building for this trip.</p> <p>But a few days ago, I came to the realization that the trip falls over Mother’s Day. This made me pause for a moment to think. Would my kids be upset that I won’t be with them to celebrate? More so, how will I feel being apart from my kids on Mother’s Day?</p> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist http://agnesian.com/blog/mothers-love Osgood Schlatter Disease http://agnesian.com/blog/osgood-schlatter-disease <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/May%20blog.jpg" width="544" alt="Osgood schlatter disease" typeof="Image" /><p>Is your child complaining of knee pain? </p> <p>Does it get worse with jumping sports?</p> <p>Is there a painful lump on the shin bone?</p> <p>These symptoms are consistent with Osgood Schlatter Disease (OSD); however it can often be confused with tendonitis of the knee. It is important to differentiate the two as OSD may require a longer rest period and symptoms may last longer than tendonitis. </p> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Sarah Schultz http://agnesian.com/blog/osgood-schlatter-disease Best wound care options http://agnesian.com/blog/best-wound-care-options <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/April%20blog%20bone%20%26%20Joint%20ThinkstockPhotos-636391614.jpg" width="2120" alt="April blog" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Kelsey Sauer, Licensed Athletic Trainer </em></p> <p>While skin injuries don’t always seem like a big deal, they can cause infection within the body and become a bigger concern if not cared for properly. It is important to know how to properly treat these injuries and when it is necessary to see a health care provider for care. Appropriate treatment of these injures will help to decrease infection and increase healing time.</p> <p>Common skin injuries include:</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/best-wound-care-options Growth and renewal http://agnesian.com/blog/growth-and-renewal <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/April%202018%20Bereavement%20Services%20ThinkstockPhotos-87151625.jpg" width="3586" alt="Bereavement" typeof="Image" /><p>Spring has always been my favorite season of the year. As the brown grass begins to turn green and the trees start to bud and their leaves start to grow, you can tell that the environment is going through growth and renewal. Neighbors are out in their yards and taking walks to enjoy the fresh air. It is exciting to see people in our neighborhoods enjoying the warmer temperatures and taking advantage of the extra hours of sunshine. There is just something about seeing a child running around in the yard freely enjoying life that brings hope to all of us after a long and cold winter.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:00:00 CDT Megyn Wirkus, MST http://agnesian.com/blog/growth-and-renewal Important questions to ask prior to an orthopedic surgery http://agnesian.com/blog/important-questions-ask-prior-orthopedic-surgery <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-804154044%20Orthopedic%20Surgery.jpg" width="2121" alt="Orthopedic surgery" typeof="Image" /><p>Prior to having surgery for any orthopedic injury or diagnosis, it is important to have good knowledge of what to expect going into surgery. This will assist you in your rehab process and your return home.</p> <p>Below is a list of 10 suggested questions you should ask your surgeon, their physician’s assistance, their nurse practitioner or pre-surgical educator.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/important-questions-ask-prior-orthopedic-surgery How does cupping work? http://agnesian.com/blog/how-does-cupping-work <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/506159712%20Cupping%20960x540BL.jpg" width="960" alt="cupping" typeof="Image" /><p>Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine where a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction.</p> <p>Cupping is used to treat a range of disorders and symptoms, sometimes on their own, or other times in conjunction with other alternative practices. It’s common for cupping therapy to be used along with massage therapy, essential oils or acupuncture.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:00:00 CDT Allieson Arentz, licensed massage therapist, Agnesian HealthCare Integrative Health http://agnesian.com/blog/how-does-cupping-work Workplace neck pain: simple adjustments can help http://agnesian.com/blog/workplace-neck-pain-simple-adjustments-can-help <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/483348873%20Man%20neck%20Pain%20960x540BL.jpg" width="960" alt="neckpain" typeof="Image" /><p>Many individuals who sit at a computer for the duration of their workday complain of neck and upper back pain. Due to the long time spent in a certain position, muscles can become tight or weak, which leads to pain. Usually this happens over time, so even if you are not currently having pain, these suggestions can help you later in the future!</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2018 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations http://agnesian.com/blog/workplace-neck-pain-simple-adjustments-can-help Why Yoga? http://agnesian.com/blog/why-yoga <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/494364339_woman%20yoga%20mat.jpg" width="3865" alt="yoga" typeof="Image" /><p>Yoga is a 5,000-year-old discipline from India as a practice to unite the mind and body. While there are many yoga styles, they all can help balance your body, mind and spirit. But, they achieve this in various ways. Yoga offers so many benefits that it's not a surprise it's so popular among all age groups.</p> <p>What is yoga? It is a series of stretches and poses done with various breathing techniques. While it offers the powerful benefits of exercise, it is gentle and almost anyone can do it, regardless of your age or fitness level.</p> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Lora Vahlsing, certified Hatha Yoga instructor http://agnesian.com/blog/why-yoga Menopause…Change Is Good http://agnesian.com/blog/menopausechange-good <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Women%20stretching_0.jpg" width="724" alt="yoga" typeof="Image" /><p>Menopause marks the end of the menstrual cycle, which for many women is a cause for celebration in itself. Beyond the temporary physical discomforts some experience during menopause, there are important benefits to the new stage of life into which you’re headed.</p> <p>Goodbye to PMS - In the week or two before your period, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can cause a host of physical and emotional symptoms, ranging from breast tenderness and headache pain to food cravings and irritability.</p> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Christina Calvello, MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology http://agnesian.com/blog/menopausechange-good Hygiene in the Locker Room http://agnesian.com/blog/hygiene-locker-room <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/915259266%20Locker%20960x540WS.jpg" width="960" alt="locker" typeof="Image" /><p>Skin infections, particularly in athletes, are a serious concern. Statistics show they account for up to 10 percent of time-loss injuries in some sports and can cause serious illness.</p> <p>There are several reasons why skin diseases are common among athletes, including: environmental factors, direct skin-to-skin contact in certain sports, shared close quarters, trauma to the skin resulting in open wounds and poor hygiene practices. While some infections can be passed from one individual to another through skin-to-skin contact, others can be passed by touching a contaminated surface.</p> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Amy Bohl, LAT http://agnesian.com/blog/hygiene-locker-room Postpartum depression is common, help is close by. http://agnesian.com/blog/postpartum-depression-common-help-close <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/469098080%20MomBaby%20720x720_0.jpg" width="720" alt="mom" typeof="Image" /><p>Having a baby brings a mix of emotions including feeling excited, scared and overwhelmed. Some women experience more intense feelings, which could be signs of postpartum depression.</p> <p>Signs to watch for include:</p> <p>· Feeling foggy and having difficulty completing tasks</p> <p>· Feeling “robotic” or like you are just going through the motions</p> <p>· Feeling guilty or like you are failing at being a mom</p> <p>· Feeling scared or panicky for no real reason</p> <p>· Feeling so unhappy that you have difficulty sleeping</p> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations http://agnesian.com/blog/postpartum-depression-common-help-close Hand Washing: How and Why http://agnesian.com/blog/hand-washing-how-and-why <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image_3.jpg" width="960" alt="handwashing" typeof="Image" /><p>A study published in <em>Nature</em> (June, 2012) reported that about 100 trillion bacteria - three or four pounds worth - live on the human body, and they are more than just passive travelers. While most of these germs do good things for your health, your bacteria are not the same as others.You count on your hands to do your dirty, as well as clean, work. You comfort a baby with your hands…and change their diaper. You wash dishes with your hands and take out the garbage. You prepare raw chicken for cooking and put the finishes touches on a birthday cake.</p> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations http://agnesian.com/blog/hand-washing-how-and-why The ABCs of Depression http://agnesian.com/blog/abcs-depression <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/606670658%20Sad%20Woman%20720x720FB.jpg" width="720" alt="sad" typeof="Image" /><p>“Depression,” like “heart attack” is a generalized term covering a variety different conditions with a final, shared path of feelings of sadness and grief coupled with symptoms, such as tearfulness, lack of appetite, insomnia, weight loss, and feelings of despair, hopelessness and sometimes worthlessness. These can range from mild to severe.</p> <p>Like elsewhere in medicine, the first step in treatment is to make an accurate diagnosis. To that end “depression” is seen in three forms in my experience</p> <p><strong>A - accidental or situational</strong></p> Fri, 05 Jan 2018 06:00:00 CST Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/abcs-depression Helping others through expression http://agnesian.com/blog/helping-others-through-expression <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Bereavement%20Care%20Services_0.JPG" width="4608" alt="Bereavement Care Services" typeof="Image" /><p>When I came to intern at Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Center, I didn’t know what to expect. Before starting my internship, I didn’t have any experience working with bereavement, and to be honest I wasn’t sure what bereavement was. At the beginning of my internship, I was told I would be making calls to individuals who had a loved one die. When I heard this, I was nervous that I wouldn’t know what to say to people or that I wouldn’t be able to support them the way that they needed over the phone.</p> Mon, 01 Jan 2018 06:00:00 CST http://agnesian.com/blog/helping-others-through-expression The Power of Love http://agnesian.com/blog/power-love <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-528721760_Man%20and%20Grand-Daughter_preview_0.jpeg" width="1600" alt="grandchild" typeof="Image" /><p>The other day, my four-year-old daughter and I were running errands in the car. There was nothing out of the ordinary about this day. My daughter was sitting in the back of the car, happily talking away to me, sharing anything and everything she could think of. I was listening, of course, but admit that my mind was also wandering through my “To Do” list - mentally checking off one thing after another.</p> Wed, 27 Dec 2017 06:00:00 CST Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist http://agnesian.com/blog/power-love Shin Pain May Mean Hip Weakness http://agnesian.com/blog/shin-pain-may-mean-hip-weakness <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/855824694%20Injured%20Leg%20960x540WS.jpg" width="960" alt="shin" typeof="Image" /><p>It’s hard to be active without some level of ache or pain. A common pain I have seen as an athletic trainer is shin pain, commonly referred as shin splints or Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome. This condition is characterized by pain along the posterior medical boarder of the lower half of the tibia. The medial shin will be tender to touch over an extended area, pain with palpation over a 5 cm or greater area of the posterior-medial border of the tibia. Please take note that pain over an extended area implies that pain is not localized.</p> Thu, 21 Dec 2017 06:00:00 CST Brian Azinger, MA, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center http://agnesian.com/blog/shin-pain-may-mean-hip-weakness Off-season shoulder care for the recreational athlete http://agnesian.com/blog/season-shoulder-care-recreational-athlete <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/613759142%20Shoulder%20Therapy%20960x540WS.jpg" width="960" alt="Shoulder Injury" typeof="Image" /><p>Shoulder pain with overhead sports? Whether it be volleyball, softball, tennis or any other sport, you are not alone. Being a former collegiate volleyball player, I am very familiar with shoulder pain and how much it can impact your life.</p> <p>The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. While this makes it one of the most mobile joints in the body, it also makes it one of the least stable. Due to the fact that the shoulder isn’t overly stable, it is also prone to injury. Repetitive overhead sports or activity can increase your risk for shoulder injury and pain.</p> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:00 CST Agnesian Bone & Joint Health http://agnesian.com/blog/season-shoulder-care-recreational-athlete Opening Your Heart Chakra http://agnesian.com/blog/opening-your-heart-chakra <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/463748205%20Yoga%20Silhouette%20960x540WS.jpg" width="960" alt="Chakras" typeof="Image" /><p>I love yoga. One of the concepts that my yoga teacher discusses is the idea of Chakras or energy centers.  One of these is the Heart Chakra. I have been focusing on this Chakra lately.</p> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 06:00:00 CST Sharon Stoffel, MS, LCSW, LPC http://agnesian.com/blog/opening-your-heart-chakra Icing made simple http://agnesian.com/blog/icing-made-simple <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/519864426%20Iced%20Ankle%20960x540.jpg" width="960" alt="icing ankle" typeof="Image" /><p>In the clinic, I commonly get questions about the use of ice when it comes to musculoskeletal conditions. In what instances should I ice my injury? What are the benefits of icing? How do I correctly ice? What should I use to ice?</p> <p><strong>Benefits of icing</strong></p> <ul><li>Pain relief</li> <li>Decrease swelling and inflammation</li> <li>Decrease muscle spasm</li> </ul><p><strong>When is ice appropriate?</strong></p> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Agnesian Bone & Joint Health http://agnesian.com/blog/icing-made-simple Frequently Asked Questions: Where should I seek care when I'm sick or injured? http://agnesian.com/blog/frequently-asked-questions-where-should-i-seek-care-when-im-sick-or-injured <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Parish-Nurse-2.jpg" width="960" alt="Care" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Important Note: Call 911 immediately if you suspect you are having a heart attack, stroke or life-threatening emergency!</em></p> <p>Q: When you’re sick or injured, where should you go?</p> <p>A: When you’re sick or injured, it’s always best to start with your primary care physician. (In the case of a child, call their pediatrician). They know your medical history, including any underlying conditions you may have. They also may be able to help guide you to where you should seek medical attention if they are unable to see you.</p> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Emily Hoepfner, RN, Agnesian HealthCare http://agnesian.com/blog/frequently-asked-questions-where-should-i-seek-care-when-im-sick-or-injured What is a sensory diet? http://agnesian.com/blog/what-sensory-diet <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%2813%29.jpg" width="960" alt="Sensory Diet" typeof="Image" /><p>A sensory diet is not always about food! A sensory diet is a specifically-designed activity plan that helps to provide the right amount of sensory input to help children stay energized, focused, organized and regulated throughout the day.</p> <p>Just like after a hectic day at work, we may come home and want to wind down by lighting a candle and have a hot bath. Or when we’re tired in the middle of the day, we may go for a hot cup of coffee or need to go for a short walk or stretch to re-alert ourselves to keep us going.</p> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Sonja Lewis, MS, OTR/L http://agnesian.com/blog/what-sensory-diet Overuse injuries in young athletes http://agnesian.com/blog/overuse-injuries-young-athletes <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/855824694%20Injured%20Leg%20960x540WS.jpg" width="960" alt="Shin Splints" typeof="Image" /><p>Participation in organized sports is on the rise and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 30 million children and adolescents in the United States participate in youth sports. Nearly half of all sports injuries in middle and high school students are due to overuse. Overuse injuries are more frequent in baseball, volleyball, cross country, soccer, and track and field.  According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable.</p> <p><strong>What is an overuse injury?</strong></p> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Amy Bohl, LAT http://agnesian.com/blog/overuse-injuries-young-athletes Assistive technology (AT) for students and adults with exceptional needs http://agnesian.com/blog/assistive-technology-students-and-adults-exceptional-needs <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Nichols-Green_%20Kim%20HS_NW.jpg" width="480" alt="Kim" typeof="Image" /><p>Technology is all around us. You can find an app for just about anything from tracking calories to organizing finance. </p> <p>Assistive technology (AT) is also used to enhance the lives of students and adults with exceptional needs. Any item, piece of equipment or product system - whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized - that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities is an AT. AT enhances student participation and allows students to mainstream and interact with peers.</p> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Kim Nichols-Green, MSE, ESDM http://agnesian.com/blog/assistive-technology-students-and-adults-exceptional-needs Thankful for the moment http://agnesian.com/blog/thankful-moment <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/ak%20%281%29.jpg" width="309" alt="Disney" typeof="Image" /><p>Thinking about a subject for the November article, the clear topic that comes to mind is the many things that I am thankful for. On my list are the obvious things - my family, friends, faith, job, and the list could go on and on consuming this entire article if I let it. However, this month, as I think about my article, I think about the exciting time that I just experienced with my grandmother. Last week, my 77-year-old grandmother and I went to Orlando, Florida ... just the two of us.</p> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Megyn Wirkus, MST http://agnesian.com/blog/thankful-moment Skin-to-skin is the healthiest place to begin with newborn http://agnesian.com/blog/skin-skin-healthiest-place-begin-newborn <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/DeMaa_Jodi_HS_0.jpg" width="750" alt="jodi2" typeof="Image" /><p>Skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns immediately after birth can be used to promote breastfeeding and may give babies a better start in life.</p> <p>A mother’s bare chest is the best place for a baby to adjust to life outside the womb. A baby smells, hears and feels his/her mother. Skin-to-skin contact means holding a bare baby against a mother’s bare chest or tummy. Skin-to-skin babies stay warmer, calmer and breastfeed better than babies who are swaddled or wrapped. It is soothing for baby.</p> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 07:00:00 CDT Jodi Demaa, MSN, RNC, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant, Agnesian HealthCare http://agnesian.com/blog/skin-skin-healthiest-place-begin-newborn What is lymphedema and what are the signs? http://agnesian.com/blog/what-lymphedema-and-what-are-signs <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%2812%29.jpg" width="960" alt="Edema Legs" typeof="Image" /><p>Lymphedema is an abnormal collection of high-protein fluid just beneath the skin. While this swelling, or edema, occurs most commonly in the arm or leg, it may also occur in other parts of the body including the breast, trunk, head and neck. Lymphedema usually develops when lymph vessels are damaged or lymph nodes are removed (secondary lymphedema). Cancer, surgery, radiation, trauma and infection are common causes of lymphedema.  Lymphedema can also be present when lymphatic vessels are missing or impaired due to a heredity condition (primary lymphedema).</p> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:00:00 CDT Wendy Krueger, OTR, Certified Lymphedema Therapist http://agnesian.com/blog/what-lymphedema-and-what-are-signs How we prepare for the number one cause of death in teenage athletes http://agnesian.com/blog/how-we-prepare-number-one-cause-death-teenage-athletes <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%2811%29.jpg" width="960" alt="Student Athlete" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Although sudden cardiac arrest in adolescents is rare - occurring in three out of 100,000 - it’s the number one cause of death in teenage athletes in the United States. </em>Did you know that Agnesian HealthCare’s athletic trainers have portable AEDs that travel with them to all of their sporting events?</p> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:00:00 CDT Chris Schattschneider http://agnesian.com/blog/how-we-prepare-number-one-cause-death-teenage-athletes How long is this going to take to heal? http://agnesian.com/blog/how-long-going-take-heal <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%2810%29.jpg" width="960" alt="Road to Recovery " typeof="Image" /><p>One of the most frequent questions physical therapists are asked is “How long is this injury going to take to heal?”</p> <p>To answer this, you need to realize what tissue you are dealing with. We are all made up of multiple different tissues such as bone, tendon, muscle and ligaments. These tissues all heal at different rates. Therefore, the time a rotator cuff repair (tendon) versus a broken bone takes to heal will vary. In general, bone takes 12 weeks, muscle six weeks up to six months, ligament and tendon 40 to 50 weeks to return to approximately normal strength.</p> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:00:00 CDT Matt Sheehy, PTA, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center http://agnesian.com/blog/how-long-going-take-heal Declaring Some "Me Time" http://agnesian.com/blog/declaring-some-me-time <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%289%29.jpg" width="960" alt="Throwing Leaves" typeof="Image" /><p><strong><em>Autumn</em> </strong>is the most beautiful time of the year. Mother Nature begins to show all her magnificent colors. The days get shorter, the nights get cooler and the smell of fall is in the air. Mother Nature is inviting you to slow down and bask in all its glory.</p> <p>It’s time to declare a “self-care Saturday/Sunday,” stop what you are doing and take time to take care yourself. Schedule some “Me Time.” I encourage you to make a list of some fun and relaxing things that you haven’t made time to do for a while. Here is a list of things to get you started.</p> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 07:00:00 CDT Dawn Rehrauer http://agnesian.com/blog/declaring-some-me-time Back Safety http://agnesian.com/blog/back-safety <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/SS%20posture.jpg" width="511" alt="Lifting Technique" typeof="Image" /><p>So we have all heard the saying “lift with your legs, not your back,” but do you know why?</p> <p>Your spine is actually a very complex structure that bends and rotates differently than any other joint.  The spine is comprised of 24 bones that protect the spinal cord, with shock-absorbing discs in between the bones; a multitude of muscles and ligaments also help support the back. </p> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Sarah Schultz http://agnesian.com/blog/back-safety Treating low back pain with integrative medicine http://agnesian.com/blog/treating-low-back-pain-integrative-medicine <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Boyd-Margaret%20WEBSITE_0.jpg" width="480" alt="boyd" typeof="Image" /><p>Nearly everyone will experience low back pain at some point in life – it’s one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment. The good news is chronic low back pain is one of the conditions that research suggests integrative medicine may be an effective treatment tool.</p> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Margaret Boyd, LAc, LMT http://agnesian.com/blog/treating-low-back-pain-integrative-medicine New Beginnings http://agnesian.com/blog/new-beginnings <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%287%29.jpg" width="960" alt="I can do it" typeof="Image" /><p>Change. How can it be that one simple word can cause such fear and unease in people? Change is good, right? I mean, isn’t that what we are told?</p> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist http://agnesian.com/blog/new-beginnings First Place 4 Health: A Faith-Based Weight Loss Program http://agnesian.com/blog/first-place-4-health-faith-based-weight-loss-program <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Screenshot005.jpg" width="1317" alt="Faith" typeof="Image" /><p>First Place 4 Health (FP4H) is a Bible study that focuses on building your faith, and in the process, releasing weight. This Christ-centered program includes prayer, scripture memory and a small group Bible study. </p> <p>You’ll have the accountability of a small group (limit is 12 for that reason) and receive the starter kit of materials/books when you join. You will weigh in each week, and have measurements taken at the first and last class.  FP4H believes weight loss and lasting behavioral change starts on the knees and from within relying on God’s strength for lasting change.</p> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin http://agnesian.com/blog/first-place-4-health-faith-based-weight-loss-program What is genetic testing and do I need it? http://agnesian.com/blog/what-genetic-testing-and-do-i-need-it <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%288%29.jpg" width="960" alt="Genetic Testing" typeof="Image" /><p>Genetic testing is done through a blood or saliva sample in the clinic. This sample identifies specific inherited changes (mutations) in a person’s chromosomes to help detect increased risk of certain cancers. Genetic mutations can have beneficial, harmful, or no effect on health. Mutations that are harmful may increase a person’s risk of developing a certain cancer. Overall, inherited mutations are found in about 5-10% of diagnosed cancers.  Typically cancers that are caused by a genetic mutation tend to be more aggressive and occur at a younger age.  </p> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Lisa Michels http://agnesian.com/blog/what-genetic-testing-and-do-i-need-it Running the race: training, injuries & pain http://agnesian.com/blog/running-race-training-injuries-pain <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Runner%20image.jpg" width="1500" alt="Runner" typeof="Image" /><p>Hard work and intelligent training is essential when it comes to running faster and farther, no matter how experienced you are.</p> <p>Training for a race requires careful planning. Most training routines have a similar structure of a variety of runs with the distances, times and frequency adjusted to meet the demands of the race you are preparing to run.</p> <p>Proper training can help lessen the likelihood of running injuries and pain. To prevent injury, it is necessary to progress your running gradually, include strength training in your routine, eat healthy and stay hydrated.</p> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Daniel B. Garcia, PT, DPT http://agnesian.com/blog/running-race-training-injuries-pain Julie Hau's Story http://agnesian.com/blog/julie-haus-story <p>One appointment close to home changed Julie's life.  Her breast cancer was detected at a treatable stage with 3D mammography technology.  Agnesian HealthCare offers walk-in screenings in Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun.</p> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT http://agnesian.com/blog/julie-haus-story Hot Topic: Solar Eclipse 2017 http://agnesian.com/blog/hot-topic-solar-eclipse-2017 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/825386886%20Eclipse%20960x540.jpg" width="960" alt="Eclipse" typeof="Image" /><p>By now, most of us have seen the news reports and social media posts regarding the upcoming solar eclipse and are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to experience this impressive event with our own eyes! However, before you turn your attention skyward, it is important that you keep in mind the potential for vision loss if you do so without the proper eye protection!</p> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Tristan Brown, OD http://agnesian.com/blog/hot-topic-solar-eclipse-2017 Common Shoulder Questions http://agnesian.com/blog/common-shoulder-questions <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%286%29.jpg" width="960" alt="Shoulder Pain" typeof="Image" /><p>Almost every day, I treat patients with shoulder pain, instability or stiffness. Having limited mobility of the shoulder really affects quality of life and can have a major impact on normal activities. Some concerns are easy to treat while others require surgery.</p> <p>Most shoulder concerns can be classified into four common causes:</p> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Bryan Royce, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon http://agnesian.com/blog/common-shoulder-questions What Influences Recovery Time After a Concussion? http://agnesian.com/blog/what-influences-recovery-time-after-concussion <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/513488990%20SickBoy%20960x540Blog.jpg" width="960" alt="Boy with head injury" typeof="Image" /><p>As an athletic trainer that deals with high school athletes  and concussions, I will get a lot of questions about why did Johnny take three weeks to recover from his concussion when it only took Jacob 10 days, or “I will be back in a week right, because that’s how long it took Marisa to get back.”  Well the answer to those questions is not a simple yes or no. People need to look at concussions and brains like snowflakes.  No two snowflakes are the same, just as no two brains are the same, so that means no two concussions are the same.</p> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Tyler Schwarz, ATC, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center http://agnesian.com/blog/what-influences-recovery-time-after-concussion It’s OK to be selfish http://agnesian.com/blog/its-ok-be-selfish <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%285%29.jpg" width="960" alt="Man relaxing with book" typeof="Image" /><p>I have found myself telling people many times in the last few months that it is OK to be selfish. It’s OK to conserve your energy and do only what is within your power to do during your time of grief. </p> <p>So what does it mean to be selfish during grief, especially during the intense first two years? It means that we can say “no” to people. It means we can think of ourselves first and ask, “Is this what I want to do with the precious little energy I have?” </p> Sun, 06 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Sharon Stoffel, MS, LCSW, LPC http://agnesian.com/blog/its-ok-be-selfish Summer in Wisconsin! http://agnesian.com/blog/summer-wisconsin <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%284%29.jpg" width="960" alt="Man riding bike" typeof="Image" /><p>Summer in Wisconsin is a special time of year, a time during which hardy Wisconsinites, having weathered the cold, dark, frozen tundra of winter, are able to enjoy a precious, and usually short, period of warm sunshine, fire up the barbeque, and make memories with friends and family. The key to summer in Wisconsin is to be outside! Being active is important, however, the entire year. The human body is made for movement, and exercise is critical to aging well! </p> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Bert Callahan, MD http://agnesian.com/blog/summer-wisconsin What's Around Your Waist Matters http://agnesian.com/blog/whats-around-your-waist-matters <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/497042785%20Waistline%20960x540.jpg" width="960" alt="Measuring Waistline" typeof="Image" /><p>We live in Wisconsin. We love our brats, cheese, Friday night fish fry’s, and Culver’s custard! But, did you know that 70 percent of us are either overweight or obese? It is well known that being overweight increases your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, and heart disease. What may not be widely known is that obesity also increases your risk for several types of cancer, including: breast, colon, esophageal, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreatic, uterine, ovarian, kidney and prostate cancers.</p> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Dwayne Clark, MD, Family Medicine http://agnesian.com/blog/whats-around-your-waist-matters Help for Families Affected by Autism http://agnesian.com/blog/help-families-affected-autism <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/AGN-17072%20Treffert_4K%20Registration_Facebook.jpg" width="1500" alt="ABBA kids" typeof="Image" /><blockquote> <p>Agnesian Beyond Boundaries of Autism (ABBA) serves central Wisconsin offering the Early Start Denver Model and the Treffert Approach.  Home-based and Center-based behavioral treatment services for children,  5 and under, with an autism diagnosis. ESDM utilizes developmentally-based play interspersed with teachable moments.  Utilizing the Treffert Approach, all our services focus on the unique strengths in every individual, sensory, relationships, training and the environment to increase areas of self -regulation, empathy and compassion.  </p> <p>Why Choose us?.....</p></blockquote> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT http://agnesian.com/blog/help-families-affected-autism Feeling tired and getting a headache? It could be dehydration! http://agnesian.com/blog/feeling-tired-and-getting-headache-it-could-be-dehydration <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%282%29.jpg" width="960" alt="Dehydration Headache" typeof="Image" /><p>The summer heat is here, and that means chances for dehydration are high when working and playing outside. How much water is recommended to stay hydrated during the day? Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces every day. So if you weigh 160 pounds, then aim for 80 ounces of water per day. If you are more active or in a hot environment, you may need more than 80 ounces. This may seem like a lot of water, but remember that fruits, vegetables, soups, tea and milk also count toward your total volume.</p> <p><strong>How do I know if I’m dehydrated?</strong></p> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Brooke Gardner, DPT, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center http://agnesian.com/blog/feeling-tired-and-getting-headache-it-could-be-dehydration Antique Memories http://agnesian.com/blog/antique-memories <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%283%29_2.jpg" width="960" alt="Antique Memories July 2017" typeof="Image" /><p>The Fourth of July was always my favorite holiday as a child. As I think back on past Fourth of July holidays, I can almost feel the warm summer sun on my face, smell the charcoal grills and hear the high school bands marching down the street.  I can see excited children sitting on the curb during the parade waiting to gather the candy that has been thrown to them from the fire truck that is passing by. Thinking back, I can also remember seeing the same excitement on the faces of the grown-ups that were driving brightly colored antique cars in the parade.</p> Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Megyn Wirkus, MST http://agnesian.com/blog/antique-memories What you need to know about total hip replacements http://agnesian.com/blog/what-you-need-know-about-total-hip-replacements <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/587512462%20HipReplace%20960x540Blog_3.jpg" width="960" alt="Hip Replacement " typeof="Image" /><p>Total hip replacement is a common surgery in which the thigh and pelvis bones that make up the hip joint are replaced with metal and plastic components to create a new ball-and-socket joint.</p> <p>There are two main types of total hip replacements that are performed. The first is a replacement in which the surgeon makes an incision along the front of the upper thigh. In the second, the incision is made along the back of the upper thigh. There are no long-term differences in function, including the ability to walk or climb stairs, when comparing the two approaches.</p> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Krista Behling, PT, DPT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center http://agnesian.com/blog/what-you-need-know-about-total-hip-replacements How did parish nursing get started? http://agnesian.com/blog/how-did-parish-nursing-get-started <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Parish-Nurse-2.jpg" width="960" alt="Parish nursing" typeof="Image" /><p>Written by: Sue Schmitz, RN, PN, Parish Health Ministry Coordinator, Agnesian HealthCare</p> <p>Parish nursing was an idea that came from the understanding of the healing ministry of the church and the need for healthcare that focused on the whole person - to emphasize wellness, disease prevention and health promotion.</p> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Spiritual Care Services http://agnesian.com/blog/how-did-parish-nursing-get-started How to burn more calories in less time with HIIT http://agnesian.com/blog/how-burn-more-calories-less-time-hiit <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-615919228.jpg" width="3865" alt="HIIT" typeof="Image" /><p>By: Ashlee Baer, MS, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports &amp; Spine Center</p> <p>Whether you are trying to burn calories to lose weight or get ready for football, basketball or softball season, exercising can be very time consuming. What if I told you that you or your athletes could increase the amount of calories burned and increase their aerobic fitness with only a 10 to 30 minute workout?</p> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Ashlee Baer, MS, LAT http://agnesian.com/blog/how-burn-more-calories-less-time-hiit Shin pain equals hip strengthening http://agnesian.com/blog/shin-pain-equals-hip-strengthening <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image.jpg" width="960" alt="Shin Pain" typeof="Image" /><p>As weather gets warmer and our thoughts move to outdoor activities, you may start to experience pain in your lower legs or shins. This pain could be due to the old shoes you are using, but planning to replace, or it could be due to muscle weakness. One possible cause of shin pain or shin splints is weakness in the posterior hip. Hip strengthening as an easy way to remedy this issue. </p> Tue, 16 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Brian Azinger, MA, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center http://agnesian.com/blog/shin-pain-equals-hip-strengthening What is the best way to catch kidney disease early? http://agnesian.com/blog/what-best-way-catch-kidney-disease-early <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Stethoscope.jpg" width="1200" alt="annual physical exam to catch kidney disease" typeof="Image" /><p>The single most important way to monitor kidney function is to get annual physical exams and blood work, as these tend to catch kidney issues early in the course of disease. Normally, your primary medical physician should be able to treat mild to moderate kidney issues and make referrals to a kidney physician if the disease progresses and needs further specialized care.</p> Mon, 15 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Sameer Gupta, MD http://agnesian.com/blog/what-best-way-catch-kidney-disease-early What does a faith community (parish) nurse do? http://agnesian.com/blog/what-does-faith-community-parish-nurse-do <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Faith-Community-Nurse.jpg" width="960" alt="Faith community nurse" typeof="Image" /><p>Written by: Sue Schmitz, RN, PN, Parish Health Ministry Coordinator, Agnesian HealthCare</p> <p>Just as each faith community (mosque, synagogue, temple, church) is different in size, wealth and age range of its members, each parish nurses’ roles and responsibilities is also a little different. All parish nurses, however, share the same basic roles:</p> <p><strong>Integrator of faith, health:</strong> They help people focus on their health. They emphasize wellness, disease prevention, and health promotion in the context of their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being.</p> Wed, 10 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Spiritual Care Services http://agnesian.com/blog/what-does-faith-community-parish-nurse-do A Gene for Savant Syndrome? http://agnesian.com/blog/gene-savant-syndrome <p>Doctor Erika Nurmi and co-workers at Vanderbilt University recently, using genetic exploration and methods, were able to identify, and separate, a subset of persons with autism who shared savant skills from a much larger group of autistic persons who did not have such skills. Their paper, “Exploratory Subsetting of Autism Families Based on Savant Skills Improves Evidence of Genetic Linkage to 15q11-q13” appeared in the July, 2003 issue of the <em>Journal of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry</em>.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/gene-savant-syndrome A Savant Odyssey http://agnesian.com/blog/savant-odyssey <p>I met my first savant my first day on the job as a psychiatrist. And I have been intrigued with that extraordinary condition ever since.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/savant-odyssey Asperger’s Disorder and Savant Syndrome http://agnesian.com/blog/aspergers-disorder-and-savant-syndrome <p>April 29, 2004 article in <em>The New York Times </em>by Amy Harmon:<br /><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/29/us/finding-out-adults-and-autism-an-answer-but-not-a-cure-for-a-social-disorder.html">Finding out: adults and autism; an answer, but not a cure, for a social disorder</a></p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/aspergers-disorder-and-savant-syndrome Autistic Disorder 52 Years Later: Some Common Sense Conclusions http://agnesian.com/blog/autistic-disorder-52-years-later-some-common-sense-conclusions <p>I met my first autistic child in 1955, when I was a second year medical student. That perplexing condition engaged and intrigued me then, and engages and intrigues me still, 52 years later.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/autistic-disorder-52-years-later-some-common-sense-conclusions Dr. J. Langdon Down and 'Developmental' Disorders http://agnesian.com/blog/dr-j-langdon-down-and-developmental-disorders <p>Autism is not a new disorder, the ‘explosion’ in autism cases, whether apparent or real, notwithstanding.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/dr-j-langdon-down-and-developmental-disorders Event-Related Brain Potentials http://agnesian.com/blog/event-related-brain-potentials <p>Dr. Niels Birbaumer, of the Institute of Behavioral Neurobiology, in Tubingen, Germany has been studying what he calls “event-related brain potentials” (ERPs). With those he measures early components (up to about 100ms) of brain activity which reflect initial, “preconscious” stages of mental processing-fast, low-level elementary mental operations. Later measurements of ERPs reflect higher level mental processing such as the so-called “executive” functions of the brain that dominate normal information processing.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/event-related-brain-potentials Giftedness and Autism: Savant Skill Fact Sheet http://agnesian.com/blog/giftedness-and-autism-savant-skill-fact-sheet <p> </p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Dr. Trevor Clark http://agnesian.com/blog/giftedness-and-autism-savant-skill-fact-sheet Head Size, Autism and (?) Savant Syndrome http://agnesian.com/blog/head-size-autism-and-savant-syndrome <p>An unusually important article, in my view, on the origins of autism was printed in the July 26, 2003 issue of the <em>Journal of the American Medical Association </em>(<em>JAMA</em>). While the possible relationship of autistic disorder to head size and brain volume in infants has been raised before in a number of prior studies, in this study Dr.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/head-size-autism-and-savant-syndrome Hyperlexia: Reading Precociousness or Savant Skill? http://agnesian.com/blog/hyperlexia-reading-precociousness-or-savant-skill <h2>Distinguishing autistic-like behaviors from Autism Spectrum Disorder</h2> <h3>Hyperlexia: children who read early—identifying the subtypes</h3> <p>Hyperlexia— precocious reading ability in very young children—can present itself in several ways. In one group some neurotypical children simply read early; they may be reading at a sixth grade level at age 3 for example with no behavioral or other concerns. Eventually their classmates catch up in reading skills, but such advanced reading at a very early age understandably draws attention.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/hyperlexia-reading-precociousness-or-savant-skill Hyperthymestic Syndrome: Extraordinary Memory for Daily Life Events http://agnesian.com/blog/hyperthymestic-syndrome-extraordinary-memory-daily-life-events <h2>Do we all possess a continuous tape of our lives?</h2> <p><em>Darold A. Treffert, MD</em></p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/hyperthymestic-syndrome-extraordinary-memory-daily-life-events In Search of the Savant Within Us Using rTMS http://agnesian.com/blog/search-savant-within-us-using-rtms <p>The most far-reaching implication of savant syndrome is that, perhaps, some of those remarkable savant abilities, and unique memory capacities, reside, to greater or lesser degree, within us all. The emergence of such buried skills in some persons (so-called “acquired savants”) following brain injury or disease especially raises that important question. Dr.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/search-savant-within-us-using-rtms Is There a Little ‘Rain Man’ in Each of Us? http://agnesian.com/blog/there-little-rain-man-each-us <p>Savant Syndrome raises many questions. But two especially intriguing questions are of particular importance: (1) How do they do it? and (2) What does savant syndrome say about hidden potential, perhaps, within each of us. The answer to the first question, addressed in sections elsewhere on this site, provide some clues to answering the second question. My answer to that second question: “Does some Rain Man ability — savant-like skill and capacity — exist in each of us?” is Probably so. Let explain me why.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/there-little-rain-man-each-us Music Instruction and Verbal Memory. . . a Cognitive Side-Effect http://agnesian.com/blog/music-instruction-and-verbal-memory-cognitive-side-effect <p>The July 2003 issue of <em>Neuropsychology</em> presents a fascinating article on how music instruction in children promotes an increase in verbal memory (i.e. language acquisition) almost as a ‘cognitive side effect’ of that training. As the APA press release about that article points out: “Those dreaded piano lessons pay off in unexpected ways.” In the study from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, children with music training had significantly better verbal memory than those without such training, and the longer the training the better the verbal memory.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/music-instruction-and-verbal-memory-cognitive-side-effect Musical Genius, Blindness and Mental Handicap: An Intriguing Triad http://agnesian.com/blog/musical-genius-blindness-and-mental-handicap-intriguing-triad <h2>Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, Retinopathy of Prematurity and Musical Savants</h2> <p>The <em>60 Minutes</em> program of September 28, 2003 — “Musically Speaking” — brings to the fore once again the recurring, fascinating link between vision loss, mental disability and musical genius seen in certain prodigious musical savants over more than a century.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/musical-genius-blindness-and-mental-handicap-intriguing-triad My marvelous journey with incredible savants: What have I learned? http://agnesian.com/blog/my-marvelous-journey-incredible-savants-what-have-i-learned-0 <p>So much of what happens to us in life is not by plan, but rather by coincidence or serendipity. Thus it was with me and my career.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/my-marvelous-journey-incredible-savants-what-have-i-learned-0 Myths that Persist: Savant Syndrome 2008 http://agnesian.com/blog/myths-persist-savant-syndrome-2008 <h3>Some Substantial Progress</h3> <p>It is 157 years since the first case of savant syndrome appeared in a scientific journal in Germany, and it is 121 years since Dr. J. Langdon Down first described savant syndrome as a distinct condition.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/myths-persist-savant-syndrome-2008 Nonverbal Learning Disorder http://agnesian.com/blog/nonverbal-learning-disorder <p>Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD or NVLD) is a relatively newly described condition separate from dyslexia or other forms of learning disabilities. It is characterized typically by a large discrepancy between high verbal and lower performance scales on IQ testing coupled with postulated right hemisphere brain dysfunction.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/nonverbal-learning-disorder Perfect Pitch http://agnesian.com/blog/perfect-pitch <h2>What is perfect pitch?</h2> <p><br /> Perfect pitch, also known as Absolute Pitch (AP), is the ability to name a note without reference to external reference pitch. A person with perfect pitch might be able to hear a note played on an instrument (or even a whistle, wind chime, or passing tone of someone’s speech) and instantly name it as an F-sharp or a B-flat, for example.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/perfect-pitch Prodigy and Savant Syndrome: Are They Related? http://agnesian.com/blog/prodigy-and-savant-syndrome-are-they-related <p>Questions are raised continually as to what are the differences in brain mechanisms, if any, between (a) prodigies with certain musical or mathematical skills, for example; (b) persons with savant syndrome with similar skills and abilities and (c) the rest of us who function quite normally overall but lack some spectacular area of expertise.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/prodigy-and-savant-syndrome-are-they-related Rain Man, the Movie / Rain Man, Real Life http://agnesian.com/blog/rain-man-movie-rain-man-real-life <p>Raymond Babbitt, the main character in the movie <em>Rain Man</em>, has become the world’s best known savant due to Dustin Hoffman’s remarkably accurate and sensitive portrayal of Savant Syndrome in that film. That 1988 movie, in its first 101 days, accomplished more toward bringing Savant Syndrome to public awareness than all the efforts combined of all those interested in this condition the past 101 years following Dr. Down’s 1887 description of this disorder. It is a memorable movie about a memorable savant.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/rain-man-movie-rain-man-real-life Savant Syndrome 2013 — Myths and Realities http://agnesian.com/blog/savant-syndrome-2013-myths-and-realities <p>I met my first savant in July, 1962. It was my first day on the job setting up a Children’s Unit at a state hospital in Winnebago, Wisconsin. One adolescent lad had memorized the bus system of the city of Milwaukee and was able to recite the route and time table of each of the buses for the entire city. Another younger boy, severely autistic, was able to put together a 200 piece jigsaw puzzle <em>picture side down</em> just from the geometric shape of the pieces.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/savant-syndrome-2013-myths-and-realities