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It’s a Pain in the Neck

If you are like me, I have a love-hate relationship with my computer, tablet and my phone. I love the convenience of having access to my work, friends, family and media at my fingertips. However, 24/7 access can also come with the challenge of balancing the constant inflow and outflow of information. Read More »
Pain Control · Avera Health

Harnessing the Body’s Natural Healing Process

Imagine sitting at a red light, and your car is suddenly rear-ended at full speed by a driver who isn’t paying attention. Your head moves forcefully back and forth — causing a real pain in the neck. “In a scenario like this, ligaments can be stretched and tendons can be torn from their attachments to bone which can sometimes be beyond the body’s ability to heal itself,” said Michael Stotz, DO, Family Medicine Physician at Avera Medical Group McGreevy Dawley Farm. Read More »
Pain Control · Avera Health

Taking the Fear Out of Treating Back and Neck Pain

Almost every adult has struggled with back or neck pain at some point in his or her life. It’s extremely common among us, no matter the age. It might have started with a car accident, a work or sports injury, or one of those sharp aches in your back you suddenly just wake up with out of the blue one day. Read More »
Pain Control · McKennan

Is Pain Interrupting Your Sleep?

After reading a recent article about pain and how it affects sleep, the information prompted me to write about the relationship individuals experience with pain and sleep. Whether it’s from a sore lower back or throbbing tooth, pain is hard enough to deal with during the light of day. Read More »
Just for Fun, Pain Control · Queen of Peace

Migraines in Adolescents – What You Need to Know

Chronic headaches – we think of them as something that affect mainly adults but the truth is that they affect children, too. And the worst kind headache for most people is a migraine headache. I find many parents are surprised to learn that a child can get migraine headaches just like an adult. Read More »
Children's Health, Family Medicine, Pain Control · McKennan

BPPV: A Common Cause of Dizziness

One day my dad came to me with a concern regarding his balance. He stated that anytime he looks up, bends over or rolls over to his right side, he gets really dizzy. I knew immediately what was going on and was happy to be able to help him. Read More »
Family Medicine, Pain Control · Sacred Heart