Flu Shots October 2019

Fall weather means that we’re headed into flu season. The CDC recommends everyone (6 months of age and older) should receive a seasonal influenza vaccination. Flu caused the deaths of nearly 80,000 people in 2017 in the US alone. Vaccination to prevent flu is particularly important for people who are at high risk of developing … Continued

Sore Throats

Kids throughout the valley are back to school and given a few weeks the usual sore throats will occur. Sore throats are common with most illnesses, luckily most resolve on their own within a few days. A few environmental causes are allergies, dryness (especially in heated homes during the winter), acid reflux, irritants (e.g. pollution … Continued

Sprained Ankle Recovery

Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain Swelling Bruising Inability to Bear Weight Treatment – Guided By Grade of Ankle Sprain Most Cases Will Include: RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) Anti-inflammatory Medication Therapy for restoring range of motion and strength Gradual return to normal activities General Timing for Treatment First Three Days – RICE Up to 4-6 … Continued

Cardiac Rehabilitation

What is Cardiac Rehabilitation? Cardiac Rehabilitation is an exercise, education, and counseling program supervised by a medical professional that is designed to improve your cardiovascular health. Why Would Someone Need It? Those individuals that have suffered a heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty or heart surgery can benefit from a cardiac rehab program. What are the … Continued

Pain Relieve Through Spinal Stimulation

What is Spinal Stimulation? Spinal Stimulation is a method for relieving pain by sending low level electrical impulses through the spinal cord area via a very small electrical wire. How are the electrical impulses administered? Through a specialized device called a spinal cord stimulator (SCS), the electrical impulses are administered. The impulses travel down a … Continued

Sunburns

Summertime in Wyoming is spent outdoors enjoying the wilderness, lakes, and mountains. And the sun shines down through it all. Despite information about continued sun exposure without protective sunblocks or clothing; many of us are at risk for sunburn and skin damage. A Sunburn is easily diagnosed and treated with simple over the counter treatments, … Continued

Mosquitos

Wyoming has reported an early case of West Nile virus in Campbell County. In past years such cases didn’t manifest until late July or August, but that doesn’t mean that Wyoming is in for a tough season. But it does suggest being prepared for summer activities in mosquito areas. Mosquitos aren’t just a summer nuisance … Continued

Ticks and tick bites

As summer warms up, so does the activity of outdoor pests. Ticks can be an unwelcome visitor to anyone enjoying the wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter. The most common tick in Wyoming is the Rocky Mountain Wood tick. Provided below are some identification and tips for staying tick free this … Continued

Stomach Flu

The stomach flu is a name given to a condition known as gastroenteritis. Stomach flu can cause cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It spreads easily from person to person through contact with unwashed hands, food, or contaminated surfaces. Rotavirus can also cause gastroenteritis, which is one of the most common causes of diarrhea in children. … Continued

What is a hospitalist?

Hospitalist noun hos·​pi·​tal·​ist /ˈhäspədələst/ an Internal Medicine specialist, Family Medicine specialist, or Pediatrician whose sole focus is to care for hospitalized patients.   With the goal of providing continuity of care for patients, the hospitalist’s role includes the following duties: Provide care for patients who do not have a primary care physician. Support and care … Continued