How Physical Therapists Can Help with Dizziness

At one time or another, all of us have experienced the sensation of dizziness or vertigo. Who hasn’t as a child spun themselves around and around until you can’t stand up? Perhaps you have felt that strange sensation during an IMAX movie that you were actually flying when in reality you knew you were in a chair on the ground. Read More »
Ear Nose and Throat · Avera Health

Shock, Fear and Blessings: A Patient’s Story on Facing Frightening News

It happened more than 10 years ago, but Fleura Wagemann remembers every detail as if it was yesterday afternoon. She then was 25, and Wagemann, like many women that age, saw taking care of her health as a back-burner issue. She admits she had a mindset that said “it can’t happen to me.” That’s when she found a lump in her right breast during a self-exam. Read More »
Patient Stories · Avera Health

Avera Celebrates 100th IORT Patient

Anytime you have more than 100 of anything, it’s a celebration, said Julie Reiland, MD, Avera breast surgeon. So Avera is celebrating a new milestone of 100 patients who’ve been treated with intraoperative radiation therapy – IORT. Electron-based IORT involves a radiation boost directly to the tumor site during lumpectomy surgery to remove breast cancer. Read More »
Cancer Care · Avera Health
Senior Couple Exercising In Park

Twice As Nice: Workout Partners Keep You Safe, Help You Achieve

One of the best ways to hit your marks, lose your goal weight and feel better about hitting the gym might be sitting just down the hallway. Research has shown that adults who exercise with a workout partner tend to stick with their fitness goals more than those who go it alone, and there are a number of other big wins that come with having an exercise companion. Read More »
Exercise · Avera Health

10 Tips to Resist Halloween Candy

Halloween unofficially marks the beginning of the holiday feasting season. And for anyone trying to watch his or her weight, the scariest part of Halloween is not ghosts and goblins but the ever-abundant Halloween candy everywhere you go. Sugar and mostly empty calories is what you get in candy, and the truth is that most of us don’t exercise enough to warrant those extra calories. Read More »
Nutrition · Avera Health

The Gift of Friendship During Breast Cancer Treatment

This is the first in a series on the Gift of Friendship during cancer treatment. When a loved one receives a breast cancer diagnosis, it can be difficult to know how to help. Rev. Laurel Buwalda, Chaplain at Avera Cancer Institute shares insight about how to support a friend during cancer treatment. Read More »
Cancer Care · Avera Health