My mom or dad has arthritis. Does that mean I'll get arthritis too?

Posted by Michael Edwards, MD, Rheumatology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Dec 3, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Well, the short answer is that you may or may not inherit the same type of arthritis that your parents have. There are a number of different types of arthritis and nearly all of them have a genetic component, which means that they can be inherited. Fortunately, in most cases this hereditary factor is not necessarily that strong and many types of arthritis can certainly skip at least a generation or two.

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Topics: Primary Care, nutrition/diet, Fitness/activity, Specialty Care

'Grandma fell last weekend and broke her hip!'

Posted by Katie Trent, PT, Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center on Aug 13, 2019 1:30:00 PM

How many of us dread a phone call like that? Or worse yet, live in fear of experiencing that fall ourselves?

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Topics: Fitness/activity, Rehabilitation

When is it the right time for bariatric surgery?

Posted by Jeffrey D. Baker, MD, Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Center on Jul 16, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Having spent the past 20 years in the field of bariatric medicine, I have heard many stories from patients over the years of their own “ah-ha” moment that led them to pursue weight loss surgery. Clearly the decision for any type of bariatric surgery is not an easy one; it is a decision made, for almost all patients, after years of trying and failing numerous non-surgical weight loss attempts.

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Topics: nutrition/diet, Fitness/activity, Wellness

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

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

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

Eight easy steps to start meditating

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD, Ridgeview Clinics on Nov 28, 2017 12:57:41 PM

I’m writing this piece about meditation not as a well versed, practicing for years, can float-in-the-air guru. I’m writing this as a wannabe. Because, come on, all the cool kids are doing it.

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Topics: Primary Care, Women's Health, Fitness/activity

At risk for diabetes? Take this test

Posted by Jennifer Jerde, Lead RN, Health Navigator, Ridgeview Clinics on Nov 14, 2017 1:51:23 PM

There is an easy test available online to determine if you are at risk for diabetes. Visit the diabetes risk test website and take the test now.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Wellness

How can physical therapy help you?

Posted by Tracy Shupe, PT, LAT, ATC, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Oct 24, 2017 1:28:05 PM

October is National Physical Therapy Month. However, many people aren't completely aware of the profession of physical therapy and what it can do for them.

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Topics: Fitness/activity, Rehabilitation, Specialty Care

What is your thyroid and when should you be concerned about it?

Posted by Sara Maurer, NP-C, Endocrinology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Oct 4, 2017 2:32:33 PM

The hormones produced by your thyroid gland influence almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped, endocrine gland that sits low on the front of the neck, just below the Adam's apple. The thyroid secretes several hormones, collectively called thyroid hormones. These hormones influence and regulate metabolism, growth and development and body temperature. Thyroid disorders are caused by either too many or too few thyroid hormones.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Women's Health, Fitness/activity, Specialty Care

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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