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Low back pain: causes, treatment, and prevention

Written by: Jason Przybylo, MD If you’ve ever groaned, “Oh, my aching back!,” you’re not alone. Back pain is one of the most common medical concerns, affecting eight out of 10 people at some point during their lives. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Acute back pain [...]

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How much sleep do you need versus what you actually get?

Amy Bohl, LAT, at Agnesian HealthCare Bone & Joint Health How many of us wake up tired each morning? Most of us probably think about going to bed earlier or look forward to the weekend when we can “catch up” on sleep. Unfortunately, lost sleep over several days or a week cannot be made up [...]

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How to prepare for cold water swims

As the triathlon season is starting to kick off in many parts of the country, the thoughts of getting into the open water start to enter the minds of many. There are many questions that should be going through your head, which include: Does my wetsuit still fit? What kind of swim cap will I [...]

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Why do we worry so much about body image?

Body-image is how we think, feel, and react to our own perceived physical appearances to the outer world.  Body-image develops over time based on culture, media, family, peers, others, and our own mental thoughts.  Body image is not permanent; it is always changing and is a process we can work on and adjust over lifetime. [...]

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Waterlogged: how much water is too much when exercising?

Written by: Joel Mason, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS at Agnesian Bone & Joint Health Conventional wisdom for running or participating in other endurance events, such as biking, is that the body needs at least 40 ounces of fluid every hour or your performance could suffer. When I ran my first marathon and even my first [...]

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What to expect following a total knee replacement

Written by: Gina Breit, PT with Agnesian Bone & Joint Health Your physician has told you that you would benefit from a getting your knee replaced and you have decided that it is finally time – now what? You have likely heard horror stories about the pain and rehab following a knee replacement and are [...]

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Is my injury severe?

Did you recently injure a part of your body? Were you helping someone move and “throw out” your back? Playing a pick-up basketball game and roll your ankle? Throw a ball and feel a pop in your shoulder? Hit your head and still have a headache three days later? Ask yourself a few questions: 1)      [...]

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Eight reasons women should lift weights

Many women fear “getting big” from lifting weights and just stick with cardio.   However, women do not have the testosterone levels that males do, making it virtually impossible to put on huge quantities of muscle.  Large increases in muscle mass are due to: Lifting heavy weights with minimal repetitions (for example, bench press 100# 3 [...]

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Biking around Fond du Lac

There’s a lot of fear out there that Spring will never come and Walleye Weekend will be an ice fishing tournament.  Hmmm, would be interesting I guess but won’t happen so wipe that thought from your mind.  Spring is coming and with it some exciting news!  New bike paths and bike lanes in roads have [...]

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Creatine: Before or After Workout

Are you wanting to increase your lean body mass or increase your strength for an upcoming sport season?  According a to recent study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (www.jissn.com/content/10/1/36 ), using creatine after a workout has a greater effect on strength and lean body mass in bodybuilders who used creatine [...]

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