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What is Pain Management

Dr. Kris Ferguson, Physician at the Pain Clinic at Aspirus Langlade Hospital, discusses the field of pain management and how treatment options can range from exercise, medication assisted treatment, physical therapy, injection procedures to surgical interventions if necessary.


Women's Health Physical Therapy

Pelvic floor disorders can affect a women's quality of life in many ways. Anne Cooke, PT, MS, CAPP-Certified, discusses pelvic physical therapy and how it can help to relieve pain from many women's issues such as incontinence and pelvic pain.


Avoid the Burn: Heartburn That Is

Many people struggle with acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). While there are a variety of treatment options, some are less invasive than others. Dr. Semrau will discuss traditional and newly evolving treatment strategies for GERD.


What is Infusion Therapy?

There are times when it can become too difficult to take medications orally. There are also some medications that cannot be given orally because your stomach acids may destroy them, and they will no longer be effective to treat your disease. These are just a few of the reasons to learn about Infusion Therapy. In this segment, Terri Saari, RN, Registered Nurse in the Outpatient Infusion Department at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital, discusses infusion therapy and the important questions you...


What is Inpatient Rehabilitation?

The Rehabilitation unit of Aspirus Wausau Hospital works with patients disabled as a result of disease, disorder, or injury. Patients with spine and neurological disorders often receive rehabilitation as part of their course of treatment. Joining the show to discuss the inpatient rehab program at Aspirus Health System is Margaret Anderson, MD. She is the Medical Director for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.


Bariatric Surgery: Proven Success, Life Changing Results

Obesity is a serious condition that affects over 78 million adults in the United States. Being obese substantially raises your risk of morbidity from serious health conditions and can stop you from doing the things you want to do in life. You don’t have to live with being overweight. Weight loss surgery provides a proven and effective way to achieve long-term weight loss to help you make a change for health and for life. Here to discuss bariatric surgery options available at Aspirus...


Aspirus Bariatrics: Support to Help You Achieve Success

Losing weight with bariatric surgery is not just about a smaller number on the scale, it's about changing your life for the better. When you commit to taking the first step to a new life, you will have a multidisciplinary support team to back you along the way. Kristi Fregia-Rucks PT, Aspirus Bariatric Program Coordinator, joins the show to discuss Aspirus Bariatrics. Where you can find support for your success all the way to your goals.


Coronary Calcium Scan for Early Detection of Heart Disease Risk

In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD). For some people the first sign of CAD is a heart attack. However, a Coronary Calcium Scan can help you know your risk and allow you to take steps to improve your heart health. In this informative segment, David K. Murdock MD, Cardiologist at Aspirus Cardiology, joins the show to give expert advice that can help you decide if a coronary calcium scan may be right for you.


Aspirus Ideal Weight Solution

Losing weight is a challenge for a lot of people. Diets are hard to stick to and it’s difficult to find the time to exercise, but maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do for your immediate and long term health. Aspirus understands that an effective weight loss program is about setting goals and changing your lifestyle. We offer different options to help you shed unwanted pounds and keep them off. Whether you just want to lose a few pounds or make a more...


The Importance of Having an Advanced Directive

Who would speak for you if you became unable to communicate your own healthcare wishes? An advance directives document enables you to designate someone who will make sure your healthcare wishes are followed if you are unable to speak for yourself. Advance directives are not just for the elderly. Anyone 18 or older should complete one. In addition to ensuring your wishes are followed, advance directives can help avoid disagreements between family members and loved ones. It can also help...


Ostomy Care – We can Help!

If you have been diagnosed with a cancer of pelvic region, inflammatory bowel disease or other condition that requires you undergo a procedure that results in an ostomy, you might feel that this is the end of life as you knew it. However, with some extra care and help from your health care providers, you can manage your ostomy and come to terms with your "new" normal. In this segment, Patty Cimino, RN, discusses ostomy care and how Aspirus Health System can help you can live a very full...


Car Seat Safety: Keeping Kids Safe on the Road

One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Each year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. Proper use of car seats helps keep children safe. But with so many different seats on the market, many parents may find this overwhelming. Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Clinics has a new car seat safety expert dedicated to teaching local parents and caregivers proper car seat installation and use to keep kids...


Important Information About Bone Density Scans

In the United States, low bone mass and brittle bone disease, otherwise known as Osteoporosis, are currently considered major public health threats. Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, that’s one fracture every 3 seconds! Osteoporosis accounts for more days spent in the hospital than many other diseases, including diabetes and breast cancer for women over 45 years of age. One in five, over the age of 50, will experience an osteoporotic fracture of either...


Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Is a wound that won't heal keeping you from doing the things you love? Aspirus Riverview Wound & Hyperbarics in Wisconsin Rapids can help. Using their expertise and technology, including two hyperbaric oxygen chambers, they can heal most wounds – even those that haven't responded to conventional treatment. In this segment, Sarah Falkner, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager with Aspirus Riverview Wound & Hyperbarics, located in Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids, discusses wound healing...


Is Breast Reduction Surgery Right for You?

Breast Reduction is designed to relieve the physical discomfort associated with large breasts while improving overall breast appearance. Elevating the breast and reducing nipple size is an integral portion of this procedure. This procedure is frequently covered by insurance if certain criteria are met. Listen as James H. Kong, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at Aspirus Health System, discusses breast reduction surgery and how to decide if this procedure is right for you.


GERD and Antireflux Surgery

Anti-reflux surgery is a treatment for acid reflux or GERD, a problem in which food or stomach acid come back up from your stomach into the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube from your mouth to the stomach. Reflux often occurs if the muscles where the esophagus meets the stomach do not close tightly enough. A hiatal hernia can make GERD symptoms worse. It occurs when the stomach bulges through this opening into your chest Symptoms of reflux or heartburn are burning in the stomach that...


Healthy Living: First a Habit, Next a Lifestyle

It takes 21 days to create a habit and 90 days to create a lifestyle. People often say they want to take steps toward becoming healthy, so they often jump in full force, saying they are going to work out 5 days/week and go on a diet of fruits & vegetables and nothing else. That does not usually work. Instead, picking one healthy change at a time and focusing on that, is what helps people stick to a program. It can be as simple as drinking the recommended amount of water each day. Work on...


Alternative Comfort Options For Labor and Delivery: Nitrous Oxide

As your due date approaches, you might be wondering what the medical and natural options for pain relief are best for you and your baby. In recent years using nitrous oxide during pregnancy has grown in popularity. According to the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), research has supported the reasonable efficacy, safety and unique beneficial qualities of nitrous oxide as an analgesic for labor. Christiann Rosemurgy CNM, WHNP-BC discusses nitrous oxide as an alternative comfort...


Do You Need a Mommy Makeover?

After pregnancy, child bearing, and breast feeding; many women are dissatisfied with the appearance of their body and seek surgical options to change troubled areas. The most popular surgical options include tummy tucks, breast enhancement, and liposuction. How do you know if this type of makeover is right for you? Jennifer Cameron, MD, MPH shares what you should know about mommy makeovers and what to expect after surgery.


3 Vitamins That Are Difficult to Obtain

There are a multitude of vitamins and minerals that help your body grow and stay healthy. However, humans must regularly consume 13 essential vitamins, anywhere from 20-29+ essential minerals, two essential fatty acids and nine essential amino acids to survive. It's best to try to get these through your diet first, and supplement when needed. Aspirus Pharmacist, Trigg Thielke shares three vitamins that are difficult to obtain in optimal amounts even with a well-balanced diet. In this...