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What to consider when selecting a primary care clinician

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Finding a primary care clinician who you like and trust, and building a partnership with him or her over time is one of the best things you can do for your health. My goal as a connection specialist is to be the first step in navigating that process, taking the stress and anxiety out of finding a new primary care clinician, and talking through the process and answering any questions you may have so we can get you on the road to good health.

Research shows that people who have an ongoing relationship with a primary care clinician have better overall health outcomes and save money in the long run by doing yearly preventative visits. As you begin looking for a primary care clinician, consider the following:

  • Are the office hours or location convenient?
    Some patients want to have a clinician closer to their workplace versus their home, and Affinity Health System has several convenient locations to meet your health care needs. We offer same-day appointments, extended hours during the week and also weekend hours at some of our locations.
  • What do you want in a clinician?
    I often get asked how long a particular clinician has been practicing, or what their specialty is. If you have specific needs, like treating high cholesterol, or are interested in treatments such as integrative medicine or acupuncture, keep those in mind while you search.

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New physical therapy clinic opening in Oshkosh

Koeller_clinicOn April 20, Mercy Medical Center will open a physical therapy rehabilitation clinic in the lower level of Affinity Medical Group’s clinic located at 1855 S. Koeller Street in Oshkosh. The new clinic will offer patients increased access to make appointments, a more convenient location near popular shopping centers and lots of convenient parking.

At this new clinic, we will help rehabilitate orthopedic and spine injuries including: shoulder, neck, back, hip, pelvis, knee, ankle and foot pain. We will also offer the following therapy services:

  • Inner ear balance disorders
  • Recovering from surgery
  • Pregnancy and postpartum
  • Post-concussion
  • General deconditioning

Whether you’re visiting a specialist’s office at Mercy Medical Center or visiting a provider at the new physical therapy clinic at Affinity Medical Group – Koeller Street, our team of experts at Affinity Health System all have the ability to view your medical record and provide you with comprehensive care based on your complete medical history, not just your current ailment.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call (920) 236-1850.

What parents and caregivers need to know about infant equipment and play positions

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Equipment such as car seats, swings, exersaucers and walkers are convenient for parents of infants, but what many don’t realize is that these items can cause concerns or delays with children’s development. Research has shown that using these items for long periods of time may lead to delayed motor development, decreased balance and body control as well as torticollis, plagiocephaly and toe walking.

Torticollis
Torticollis is a preference of turning the head in one direction, sometimes with a tilt or muscle tightness. Incidents of torticollis have increased since parents were encouraged to place babies on their backs to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which is said to be associated with infants sleeping on their stomachs.

Plagiocephaly
One in three infants have some degree of skull distortion. While babies’ head are malleable within the first six weeks after birth, plagiocephaly is an asymmetry or deformity of the head and/or face that continues beyond that six-week mark and should be evaluated by a physician. Early diagnosis is crucial!

Toe walking
Toe walking is consistent walking on the toes. This can lead to calf muscle tightness, impaired walking and balance, and increased risk of falls.

Parents are still encouraged to place babies on their backs when sleeping, but to also work on active, awake, and supervised tummy time with their babies to avoid these conditions. Tummy time can be done a variety of ways, such as on the parent/caregiver’s chest, over the lap, or with a towel roll under his/her chest. Also, consider approaching your baby from both sides to encourage your baby to rotate his/her head in either direction. Continue Reading »

Effective ways to manage fibromyalgia

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Sometimes the aches and pains of getting older are more than average body fatigue. If you are experiencing all-over body pain, increased tenderness to the touch, fatigue and problems with sleep and memory, you could be suffering from fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a non-life-threatening, chronic health problem that occurs most commonly in middle-aged women. It is less common—but not unheard of—in men as well as in younger individuals.

Aside from the commonly experienced symptoms mentioned above, individuals might also experience depression, anxiety, headaches and digestive problems. The symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary in intensity, sometimes leaving the person feeling as if the pain is taking over their life.

Research is ongoing to determine the cause of fibromyalgia, but there are several theories that are currently being studied. These theories include possible genetic or hereditary links, changes in levels of brain chemicals related to stress, and possible changes in the brain’s processing system regarding pain. Continue Reading »

Know your spots: recognizing measles

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Once a common childhood infection, the measles virus is now almost entirely preventable with a vaccine. There is now an average of about 60 cases of measles per year in the United States, and while most of those cases originate outside of the country, it’s still important to know the signs and symptoms of this illness, especially for young children or travelers.

In 2014 there were 644 cases of measles in the U.S., with the majority being imported from abroad. As of March 13, 2015, there have been 176 reported cases centered around four outbreaks, and with cases present in 17 states, the majority have been linked to a California amusement park. The majority of these cases are predominantly young, unvaccinated children, who are too young to have completed the MMR course.

Risk factors for measles include being unvaccinated, traveling internationally in areas where vaccinations are uncommon and having a vitamin A deficiency. Most common in children under five years old (the same age that the second MMR vaccine is administered), symptoms of measles appear 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus and include:

  • Dry cough
  • Fever of up to 104°F
  • Conjunctivitis (inflamed eyes)
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Koplik’s spots—tiny white and bluish spots inside the mouth on the inner lining of the cheek
  • Flat, red skin rashes

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