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Function better with less pain: When to consider a total joint replacement for arthritis

There is a wide variety of nonsurgical treatment options for mild and moderate arthritis, but once the damage is severe enough, it may be time to consider total joint replacement.

Scott Perkinson MD By Scott Perkinson March 30, 2017

Get hip to bone health

Hip fractures are a common injury among older adults, especially older women. Just ask Timothy O' Connor, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

November 25, 2016

Avoiding injuries common in active women

It’s no secret that most women juggle many responsibilities, whether with work, family, friendships, volunteerism or all of the above.

November 25, 2016

Keeping children's teeth healthy

Dentistry has come a long way since the Middle Ages, when people had their teeth yanked out at the barbershop. In fact, dental care has greatly expanded in the last 20 years. But even now, with the latest dental advancements, you still have to play an active role in your dental care — and your child’s.

May 20, 2016

Make your wishes known for unknown scenarios

You’ve probably heard stories about people who experience an accident of some kind, sustain a head injury and are being kept alive on machines or feeding tubes in a long-term care facility while mentally incapacitated. For some, that's a worst nightmare. That's why it's so important to make your wishes known now.

May 20, 2016

You are not alone: End of life care, and beyond

There are many sayings that encourage people to think ahead, such as, “Always be prepared,” or “Expect the unexpected.” But it might take more than a catchphrase for you to plan. When a loved one’s — or your own — end-of-life comfort depends on it, it’s important to know all the options.

May 16, 2016

Always tired? You may have sleep apnea

For some people, there’s no such thing as a good night’s sleep. No matter how early they go to bed - or how many times they press the snooze button - they still wake up groggy.

January 29, 2015

Tired of losing sleep?

Tired of losing sleep? Steve Kubas, M.D., a sleep specialist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna and Faribault, identifies common sleep disorders that might be affecting your life.

January 20, 2015

The importance of health checkups for men

Even if you feel healthy, you should at least get your blood pressure checked and consult with your doctor to make sure you’re getting enough exercise and eating healthy foods, according to Don Smith, M.D., a general surgeon on the Austin campus of Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin.

July 20, 2014

Exercise smart: Expert advice for student athletes

Judy Fruehbrodt-Glenzinski, M.D., sees some student athletes in her family medicine practice in Faribault, and advises her patients about staying healthy on and off the field. But her practical experience is much more personal.

May 26, 2014

New to exercise

It’s said that a body in motion stays in motion, and a body at rest stays at rest.

May 26, 2014