Sports Medicine

ACL tears- Are you at risk?

By Joshua Bruner, Physical Therapist With high school and college sports starting once again, it’s important to understand what the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is, what causes tears, and most importantly, how tears and injury can be prevented. The ACL is one of the most frequently injured ligaments in the knee. Each year 100,000 to [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]

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]

Sports Massage – Healing On and Off the Field

By Aurora Hemann ATC, LAT, LMT, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer. What is Sports Massage? Sports massage concentrates on muscles pertinent to an athlete’s sport or event. For an athlete who trains year round, the goal is to increase endurance, lessen injuries and shorten the recovery time needed between events or workouts. The [read more]

5 Tips to Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals

By: Ryan Siegert, Sports Performance Trainer at the EDGE at Southwest Health. The top New Year’s Resolution goal is losing weight and/or eating healthy. However, only 8% of the U.S. population actually reaches their resolution goals. So ultimately, much of the population sets self-improvement goals, without a clear plan for achieving these goals, and then [read more]

Welcome to a Trio of New Practitioners

Southwest Health is pleased to welcome three new health care practitioners: general surgeon Scott Houghton, MD; psychotherapist Lacy Taylor, MA, LPC; and orthopedic physician assistant Andy Stader, PA-C. Dr. Houghton is a highly experienced, board certified general surgeon. He earned his medical degree in 2001 from Creighton University Medical School and performed his residency training [read more]

Beyond Thirst: Signs You’re Dehydrated

The average human is about 60% water. True. Dehydration (when your body does not have enough water to function properly) can cause blood clots, seizures, and other potentially fatal health issues. That’s unfortunately true, too. In fact, even mild dehydration can cause problems, so everyone should know about the not-so-obvious signs of dehydration that don’t [read more]