How to get help for herniated disk pain

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Oct 8, 2015 12:53:43 PM

 herniated_disk_pain_reliefIf you’ve ever had a “slipped” – or herniated – disk, you know how terribly painful it can be. And the pain isn’t only in your lower back or neck where the problem lies, it can run into your shoulder and down your arm or through your hip and buttocks and down your leg. Getting relief for herniated disk pain quickly becomes a top priority.

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Topics: Wellness

Carpal tunnel therapy: Signs, symptoms & treatments

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Oct 6, 2015 9:40:37 AM

Does your wrist hurt? Do your fingers tingle or feel numb? Does your hand seem weak? Perhaps you have carpal tunnel syndrome. If so, there are carpal tunnel therapy options available that can provide substantial relief or even a return to normal.

The carpal tunnel is a circle of ligaments around your wrist. Tendons and the median nerve that serves most of your hand run through that narrow tunnel. If either the tendons or the nerve become inflamed, the swelling puts pressure on the nerve and that’s what causes your symptoms. Over time, carpal tunnel syndrome can eventually cause serious muscle damage.

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Topics: Wellness

Power up: A registered dietitian’s guide to protein bars

Posted by Anne Bechtel, RD, LD on Oct 1, 2015 1:28:00 PM


Protein bars have become a common food item for many people and used for a variety of reasons. To help establish which type of protein bar is suitable for your specific needs, let’s back up. What does protein do in the body?

  • Regulate bodily functions.
  • Carry nutrients, oxygen, and waste.
  • Build and develop muscles.
  • Keep skin, hair, and nails healthy and firm.
  • Help to make blood.
  • Help to build organs.

How much protein does an average person need daily?

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Topics: nutrition/diet

5 things you need to know before you get your flu shot this year

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Sep 29, 2015 2:57:01 PM

Every year, millions of Americans come down with influenza, or the flu. About 36,000 of them die from the flu or related complications, which can include pneumonia or brain infection. Pneumonia is a serious respiratory infection and a serious consequence of influenza in particular. This is one of many reasons the flu shot is so important. 

Children under the age of 2, people with asthma or other breathing problems and older individuals are especially susceptible to the complications of influenza — so it is even more important to have them vaccinated. Here are five things you should know before you get your flu shot this year:

“Immunize your family.”

That straight-forward advice comes from J. Erik Johanson, MD, a board-certified Family Medicine provider who sees patients at Ridgeview Chanhassen Clinic. “Make sure everyone gets their flu shots, practices good hand washing, keeps up good nutrition and gets the sleep and rest they need,” he recommends. “While this is easier said than done in our busy lives, an infection in the family can really cause havoc with school and work. If a child is sick, make sure to keep him or her at home.” 

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Topics: Wellness

Office ergonomics: Your work habits could be causing damage to your body

Posted by Ridgeview Rehab Specialties Dana Cox, OT on Sep 24, 2015 1:16:00 PM

The personal computer at work and at home has really streamlined our lives, giving us access to so many things at our fingertips with speed and accuracy. More recently, technology has advanced to include tablets, smartphones, and other devices. Communication has become a snap. With email, even phone calls are becoming less frequent. So many wonderful things, so efficient. However, it has created highly sedentary work patterns for many of us that keep us glued to our screens. In addition, the muscles that we do use for computer and other device use are often used continuously for long periods of time with little chance for breaks.

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What you need to know about colon and rectal surgery

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Sep 22, 2015 11:07:00 AM



Your colon, also known as the large intestine or large bowel, is a muscular tube that connects the small intestine to the rectum. Its job is to absorb water from stool passing through. In the US, colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer and one of the leading causes of death from cancer. Prevention is crucial, but when cancer is detected, colon and rectal surgery is necessary to remove the diseased tissue.

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Topics: Colon Cancer

Benefits of eating well

Posted by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA on Sep 17, 2015 11:53:10 AM

Eating well is vital for everyone at all ages. Whatever your age, your daily food choices can make an important difference in your health and in how you look and feel.

Eating well promotes health

Eating a well-planned, balanced mix of foods every day has many health benefits. For instance, eating well may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, some kinds of cancer, and anemia (low blood count). If you already have one or more of these chronic diseases, eating well and being physically active may help you better manage them. Healthy eating may also help you reduce high blood pressure, lower high cholesterol, and manage diabetes. Eating well gives you the nutrients needed to keep your muscles, bones, organs, and other parts of your body healthy throughout your life. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fats, and water.

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Fall prevention: Simple tips to prevent falls

Posted by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA on Sep 16, 2015 11:40:40 AM

Falls put you at risk of serious injury. Prevent falls with these simple fall-prevention measures, from reviewing your medications to hazard-proofing your home. Fall prevention is an extremely important part of your healthcare plan. As you get older, physical changes—and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions—make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Still, fear of falling doesn't need to rule your life. Instead, consider these simple tips to prevent falls.

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Topics: Wellness

What you need to know when taking a pregnancy test

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Sep 10, 2015 10:12:00 AM

Do you think you may be pregnant? If yes, it's important to take a pregnancy test as soon as possible and understand what the test is ... and isn't, and how it "knows" if you are pregnant or not.

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Topics: Women's Health

Pre-baby checklist for expectant mothers

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Sep 8, 2015 10:09:00 AM

You wait and wait throughout your pregnancy as your baby grows. Suddenly, it's time to deliver your baby – a time of intense excitement but certainly not the time to start “planning” your child’s birth. Using a pre-baby checklist allows expectant mothers to be as prepared as possible.

By planning ahead, you won’t forget anything important when the Big Day arrives. Instead, you can (try to) relax and focus on finally meeting your new son or daughter.

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Topics: Women's Health

Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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