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Concussions and Kids: Facts Before Fears

Springtime youth soccer is a great way to greet the greening grass with a healthy dose of sprinting and scores. But the risk of concussions is another reality that players – and their parents – face in the sport. Concussions are brain injuries that can happen in any sport. Read More »
Brain and Spine, Children's Health · Avera Health

Don’t Let Winter Become a Pain in the Back

Winter can be a pain — a pain in the back, that is! Slips on the ice, hanging Christmas lights and shoveling snow from the driveway, sidewalk, porch, front steps (how does this stuff get everywhere?!) can all cause or aggravate back pain. Read More »
Brain and Spine · Avera Health

Steps Toward a Better Back

Having gone through back surgery 26 years ago, Chris Bender wanted to address new back pain with more conservative approaches before considering surgery again. “I know that things are a lot different now, with new minimally invasive techniques. But I still wanted to try more conservative treatments first to see if it could resolve the pain,” said Bender, who works as a nurse anesthetist. Read More »
Brain and Spine · Avera Health

Backpacks vs. Kids’ Backs

Ever heard of the phrase “the weight of the world on your shoulders”? OK, so kids may not be carrying the weight of the world’s worries, but a heavy backpack on a young child is something to worry about. “Heavy, ill-fitting backpacks not only cause back, neck and shoulder pain, but sometimes numbness and tingling in the arms and hands can occur when narrow straps dig into the shoulders,” said Brian Wienk, PT, ScD, COMT, Avera Physical Therapist. Read More »
Brain and Spine · Avera Health

5 Tips for Back Health in Your Garden

If spring and summer bring out your green thumb, we want to make sure it doesn’t also bring on an aching back. Before you head out into your garden this season consider a few tips to keep your back safe and make your garden more enjoyable. Read More »
Brain and Spine · McKennan

Four Steps to Better Work Posture

Do you go home with a stiff neck, headache, or pain in the back or hips?  Sitting in a chair for hours at a time with incorrect posture can lead to any or all of these problems. Often with just a few small changes you can be comfortable and pain free at the end of the workday. Read More »
Brain and Spine · McKennan