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What causes shoulder instability?

Written by: Bryan Royce, M.D. Shoulder instability is usually caused from a fall on an outstretched arm or being hit in the arm while the arm is out to the side. Many times this will damage the shoulder labrum (the soft tissue ring that helps the shoulder stay in place) or it may even damage […]

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What is a knee ligament tear?

Written by: Bryan Royce, M.D. We often hear about ligament tears in pro-athletes, such as a torn ACL. Most recently the Green Bay Packers lost wide receiver, Jared Abbrederis, due to a torn ACL. Some common ligament tears include:   ACL injury = usually occurs in a non-contact situation with pivoting or abrupt stopping.  MCL […]

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How can I strengthen my bones?

Written by: Bryan Royce, M.D. Many people in Wisconsin are Vitamin D deficient or insufficient due to our lack of direct sunlight for a large portion of the year. Living in the “Dairy State” and drinking large quantities of milk can help, but is usually not enough to sustain adequate Vitamin D levels for optimum […]

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What is a meniscus tear?

Written by: Bryan Royce, M.D. A meniscus tear is the most common surgically-treated knee injury. The meniscus acts as a shock absorber that distributes weight in the knee joint. Because of the meniscus’ soft tissue and the high impact it sees, it can frequently become torn. A meniscus tear most often occurs due to twisting, […]

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Should I use ice or heat on my injury?

Written by: Bryan Royce, MD Should I use ice or heat on my injury? Ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, known as NSAIDs (Tylenol, Advil or Aleve), help bring down swelling and can help with pain early after an injury. Heat can be soothing for lingering injuries. I recommend icing down a fresh injury to reduce swelling, […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year when again when fitness centers fill up with New Year’s “resolutioners.” There is a mad rush to the treadmill or weight machine, then two months later the gym numbers return to normal. How do you avoid the same pitfalls that these individuals always seem to run in to? First, set […]

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Audio blog: most common foot problems

Dr. Wertheimer, a podiatrist with Agnesian HealthCare at Ripon Medical Center, was recently interviewed by WRPN regarding common foot problems and their treatments.

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Want better abs?

Here’s my quick top 10 ways to get better abs. Do more cardio Great abs start in the kitchen Great abs end by getting more rest Increase water intake Increase fruits and veggies Count calories Move every day! Stop bad habits! Don’t quit! Be disciplined! What? Where’s the ab exercises? Well…that is a great myth…there […]

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What do I need to know about a lift chair?

A lift chair is a device that gradually lifts the person to a standing position or gradually descends the person into a sitting position without causing any injuries. Most lift chairs plug directly into the wall, but feature a backup power supply that is activated when the power goes out. Many elderly and those who […]

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Mobility and independence start with your feet

Very interesting study found that 71 percent of respondents aged 65 or older reported foot pain and concerns, yet only 39 percent of them had sought medical advice and only 26 percent of them believe their foot concerns were medical conditions. It makes sense that senior adults tend to experience more concerns with their feet […]

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