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

Living with allergies? Help is available.

Posted by Wade Swenson, MD, Otolaryngology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Nov 12, 2019 1:30:00 PM

More than 40 million Americans suffer from environmental allergies. Whether seasonal or year-round, environmental allergies can cause a number of symptoms including nasal congestion, sneezing, post-nasal drip, itchy and watery eyes, wheezing, skin rash and hives. In many individuals, allergy plays a central role in the development of eczema, asthma, nasal polyps and chronic sinus infections.

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Topics: Specialty Care

If you have chronic pain, is it treatable?

Posted by Nima Adimi, MD, MS, Ridgeview Spine & Pain Center on Sep 17, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Pain and how to treat it is a frequently discussed topic today in light of the country’s current opioid epidemic. But if you have pain, is it treatable without the fear of a drug addiction?

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Topics: Rehabilitation, Specialty Care

The 'ins and outs' of tonsil stones: What to know and do about them

Posted by Michael Hopfenspirger, MD, Otolaryngology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Jul 30, 2019 3:00:00 PM

Although you may be unfamiliar with tonsil stones, you’ve likely had them. They generally go unnoticed for most people, but for some, they can be very troubling.

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Topics: Specialty Care

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

What do you need to know about hearing loss?

Posted by Carrie D. Meyer, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA on Sep 19, 2017 12:20:18 PM

As the U.S. population, specifically the baby boomers, age, more scientific and medical research has focused on health and lifestyle issues that can be modified to improve and promote healthy aging.

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness, Specialty Care

When should you call an ambulance?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Sep 8, 2017 11:46:01 AM

When should you call an ambulance instead of driving to the emergency department? You may live near a hospital and believe it's faster to drive yourself or an injured person to the emergency department. But first, you need to answer the following questions:

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Topics: Heart Health, Specialty Care

What's normal or abnormal for your joints as you age?

Posted by Michael Edwards, MD, Rheumatology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Jun 7, 2017 9:02:25 AM

As a rheumatologist, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with people of all ages. Regardless of their age, one of the most frequent concerns that comes up in our conversations is what exactly is "normal or abnormal" as we all get older.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, 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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