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Southwest Health Welcomes New Emergency Medicine Physician

Southwest Health proudly announces the addition of Kent Kramer, M.D. to their Emergency Medicine team. With a full spectrum of experience in Family Medicine, including 16 years of independent clinical, obstetric, emergency, and inpatient care, Dr. Kramer is joining southwest Wisconsin’s foremost Emergency Medicine team of 15 providers lead by Drs. Mark Bogner, Mitch Lewis, [read more]

Ultra Trail Running and the Many Rewards of Suffering

By guest blogger, world class trail runner, and Cuba City native Justin Andrews “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Laozi, Ancient Chinese Philosopher Twenty-seven hours and five minutes—that’s how long I spent circum-ambulating Ultra Trail Mt. Fuji this past April. It was a week after my 34th birthday, and I couldn’t [read more]

Pain Explained. Recovering from Injury.

by Joshua Bruner, PT, DPT, CSCS We’ve all heard the phrase “No pain, no gain.” When taking part in rehab to come back from an injury, is there really any truth to the saying? In the United States, chronic pain has become more prevalent over the past few decades. According to the National Institutes of [read more]

Reducing Muscle Pain & Improving Movement

by Julie Grabandt, MPT, OCS, ATC Therapists use many different forms of treatment to assist with healing and pain control. Instrument assisted soft tissue massage (IASTM) has been very successful in helping patients decrease pain and improve movement. IASTM is the use of instruments to assist with mobilizing and decreasing tension within muscles, tendons, and [read more]

Southwest Health Rises to New Heights in Workplace Excellence

As part of their passion for excellence, Southwest Health has in each of the last three years attained award winning levels of workplace excellence determined by comparing engagement of their more than 600 employees to health care employees nationwide as measured in responses to annual work satisfaction surveys. This year, Southwest Health continues their climb [read more]

Zen of Exercise

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications To read about exercise is to be told what you should do. This article is the complete opposite. This is about doing nothing. Well O.K., not literally nothing. None of us gets away that easily. As you read, be mindful I make the assumption you’re like me [read more]

Trigger Finger/Thumb

By Occupational Therapist Ann Morley, OT Stenosing Tenosynovitis, commonly known as trigger finger/thumb, involves the pulleys and tendons in the hand that bend the fingers. It most frequently occurs in middle age or older women. Each finger and thumb have flexor tendons that work like long ropes going from the muscles of the forearm and [read more]

Returning to outdoor activity safely

By Physical Therapists Julie Grabandt, MSPT, OCS, LAT and Julie Tashner, PT at the Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health. It’s official, the nice weather we’ve all been waiting for is here. With nicer weather, we tend to move more and do more outside, encountering different activities and body movements that we have not performed in [read more]

Running vs. Osteoarthritis: Is running a risk factor for knee and hip arthritis?

By Joshua Bruner, PT, DPT, CSCS – Physical Therapist at Southwest Health. Knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA) continues to be a growing epidemic in the United States (US). It has been estimated that 12.2% and 7.4% of the US population have knee and hip OA, respectively. Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that causes a breakdown [read more]