Coughing, laughing or sneezing shouldn't cause peeing.

Posted by Michael Valley, MD, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics on Jul 9, 2019 3:53:56 PM

If you experience leakage every time you cough, laugh, sneeze or jump, you aren't alone. Urinary incontinence is common and more frequently affects women than men. The chance of experiencing urinary incontinence increases as women age, but it is never “normal” and can be treated. 

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Topics: Women's Health

The cruel coincidence when perimenopause and puberty collide

Posted by Andraya J. Huldeen, MD, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics on Jul 2, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Andraya Huldeen, MD, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics, has done the math. She realizes that she and her young daughter Gwen—now age 7—will likely approach perimenopause and puberty at the same time. Perimenopause begins mid- to late-40s and puberty in girls starts between ages 10 and 14. Both involve cascading hormone fluctuations and being an expert on women’s health, Dr. Huldeen is acutely aware of relationship challenges ahead, with a sense of humor about the irony of it all.

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Take steps to prevent lyme disease this summer

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD, Ridgeview Clinics on Jun 19, 2019 1:30:00 PM

The return of summer has Minnesotans heading to outdoor adventures and spending time in the fields and woods. Exploring is exactly what everyone needs after a long winter. However, make sure you take precautions because this is tick season and they are plentiful this year.

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Topics: Primary Care

What's the best way to manage low back pain?

Posted by Ridgeview Rehab Specialties staff on Jun 14, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Managing low back pain can be frustrating. You just want the pain to go away, so you can go about your daily activities—without discomfort. Medication works as a quick fix but sometimes doesn’t get down to the root of the problem. When low back pain stems from muscle imbalances or degenerative changes the long-term fix is an exercise routine—one that matches your body’s needs and your lifestyle goals.

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Topics: Fitness/activity, Rehabilitation

How do you have a conversation with your teen about his or her sexual health?

Posted by Jessica Cain, NP-C, Ridgeview Chanhassen Clinic on Jun 4, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Talking to teenagers about sexual health can be a difficult conversation, but it is important to their development into a sexually healthy adult. It's impossible to avoid sex in the media, but it is somehow still rarely talked about. Here are some tips to make it easier for both parents and their teens:

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness

Stay safe on your outdoor adventures this summer with these simple tips from a Ridgeview provider

Posted by Annika Kariniemi, CNP, Ridgeview Winsted Clinic on May 29, 2019 1:30:00 PM

We are approaching the time of year when Minnesota is at its best to enjoy outdoor activities. Exploring nature - green forests, lakes and rivers - can be good for our health, both mentally and physically.

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Topics: Fitness/activity, Wellness

When detected early, skin cancer is almost always curable

Posted by Jayanthi Vijayakumar, MD, oncologist and hematologist, Minnesota Oncology & Ridgeview Cancer & Infusion Center on May 21, 2019 1:30:00 PM

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the perfect time to take steps to examine yourself for signs of skin cancer. With more than 5 million cases diagnosed each year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. Fortunately, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer.

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A physician's opinion: Why are vaccines - including for measles- important?

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD, Ridgeview Clinics on May 14, 2019 1:30:00 PM

When I was in medical school in India there was an outbreak of the bubonic plague in another state. No kidding. The bubonic plague. Didn't we get rid of that a long time ago? That's how I felt when I heard about the recent measles outbreak. Wasn't that eliminated in the U.S. a couple decades ago? Apparently yes it was. But not any more.

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness

How to remove a fish hook from your finger.

Posted by Deb Van Houtte, senior marketing specialist and blog contributor at Ridgeview on May 7, 2019 1:30:00 PM

It’s crazy how quickly something fun and exciting can turn oh-so bad. This picture makes me laugh now and I actually enjoy sharing it—just for the shock value—but I can tell you it wasn’t exactly funny at the time.

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What works best for relieving sore muscle knots?

Posted by Katelyn Berens, LAT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on May 1, 2019 12:33:45 PM

Muscle knots, also known as trigger points, are focal areas of sensitive muscle and connective tissue kept in a state of contraction.  This feels like a “knot.”  These can develop anywhere in the body. Some common areas include the neck and shoulders, lower back and calves. Muscle knots can be caused by physical stress, poor posture, dehydration, injury, stress, heavy lifting or repetitive motions.
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Topics: Fitness/activity, Rehabilitation

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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