ThedaCare Physicians - Hilbert
308 W Main Street
Hilbert, Wisconsin 54129
I see getting to know your family and keeping you healthy as a privilege. I enjoy taking care of you, listening to your stories, and watching your children grow up to be fine adults.
Addictions, Adolescent Care, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Obesity, Adult Mental Health, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cryotherapy, Dementia, Depression, Dermatology, Diabetes, Endometrial Biopsy, Family Medicine, Female Sexual Dysfunction, Gastroesophogeal Reflux/GERD, Gastrointestinal Disease, Gynecology, Hyperlipidemia (High Cholesterol), Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Hypothyroidism, Integrative Medicine, Menopause, Menstrual Disorders, Migraines, Newborn and Pediatric Medicine, Obesity, Occupational Medicine, Orthopedics-Musculoskeletal Health, Osteoporosis, Pediatric Mental Health, Pediatrics, Peptic Ulcer Disease, Perimenopause, Smoking Cessation, Sports Medicine, Sprains, Thyroid Disorders, Women's Care, Work Injuries
It’s no secret: men see their regular medical providers far less often than women do. According to a recent Centers for Disease Control survey, only 26 percent of all men have a regular medical provider. Many men think they don’t need to come in on an annual basis like women do or think they only need to come in when they’re sick. Neither are true.
When talking with patients about their skin, cancer is often their top concern. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. There are three main types of skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. While it’s usually found in areas that get a lot of sun exposure like your face or hands, it can also appear in other places, including beneath your fingernails.
The color pink is just about everywhere right now. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the color pink is tied to raising awareness about the disease, which affects 1 in 8 women. But putting the color pink on everything from NFL jerseys to rubber bracelets isn’t enough; more still needs to be done to educate women about the disease and preventative screenings.
Now that spring is finally here, most people can’t wait to get outside. The warmer weather also has some people looking to reboot their New Year’s resolution to get more exercise since swimsuit season is around the corner. That combination makes the season the perfect time to begin a walking program.
The statistics about diabetes are staggering. More than 29 million Americans have diabetes and nearly a quarter of them don’t realize it. And the numbers are expected to go up. Expanding waistlines and lack of exercise are to blame for the rapid increase in the number of people facing diabetes, a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar. Your body either resists the effects of insulin – a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells – or doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level.
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, it’s likely you’ll attend several gatherings with family members, friends or co-workers as everyone celebrates the holidays. It’s also likely you’ll have a few alcoholic drinks – it’s a party, right? We live in Wisconsin – the land of beer and cheese. Drinking is part of our culture.
Depression isn’t normally talked about much in a doctor’s office, but it should be. An estimated 14.8 million Americans – or 6.7 percent of the population – suffer from major depressive disorders. While more women are diagnosed with depression, it’s a problem many men deal with, too. Depression doesn’t just affect adults; 1 in 33 children and 1 in 8 teens have clinical depression. Many people don’t want to talk about depression since they think feeling sad is something to be embarrassed about. It’s not. It’s also something that shouldn’t be ignored.
Don’t tell the kids, but a new school year is right around the corner. Besides buying the pencils, markers, glue sticks and other supplies, you also need to make sure they are ready health-wise for school. I know changing sleeping patterns or making sure vaccinations are up-to-date are not as fun as buying school supplies, but they are still necessary to help your children get ready for the upcoming school year.
I’m guessing there’s a good chance you’ve felt tired today and if not today, then probably yesterday. Most people, it seems, are tired. And the reason for that is simple: we’re not getting enough sleep.
High school athletes will soon return to action so now is an ideal time to discuss a common concern: concussions. Many parents and athletes worry about head injuries. And they are right to be concerned: According to the CDC, an estimated 173,285 patients from birth to age 19 are treated annually in U.S. emergency departments for concussions or other brain trauma.
Healthy eating habits normally go to the wayside during the holidays, but they don’t have to. People can do several things to continue eating right from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. By making smart decisions at different gatherings and activities, you’ll not only feel better, but you’ll also not start January with a few extra pounds.
School will soon be back in session and part of getting ready is making sure your child is up-to-date on her vaccinations. But have you ever stopped to think if you’re up-to-date on yours? Vaccinations don’t stop when you turn 12. There are several vaccinations adults need to ward off diseases and stay healthy.
Immunizations and keeping up with the schedule set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are crucial to your child’s health as well as the health of those around him or her.
The summer months are a time of celebration – weddings, graduation parties, sporting events, and back yard get-togethers with family members and friends. Alcohol is often a part of the festivities and unfortunately too many people get behind the wheel after throwing back a few drinks.
It’s no secret kids (and adults) spend way too much time in front of a screen. Whether it’s a TV, handheld device, or gaming system, a recent study found that children ages 8 to 18 spend an average of seven hours a day in front of some kind of screen. That’s way above the two hours recommended from the American Academy of Pediatrics (kids under age 2 should stay away from all kinds of screens.)
Summer vacation is just around the corner for school-age children and while we may reminisce about spending hours outdoors growing up during the summer, that’s unfortunately not the case for many of today’s kids. Some will spend hours glued to their electronic devices and watching TV. All of that screen time is not good for their health. Studies have shown children who spend a lot of time watching TV or playing their iPads or other electronic games have higher obesity rates and may have more sleep problems.
For 2013, make one resolution that will be easy to keep. Schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor or nurse practitioner and begin building a healthy relationship.
High blood pressure – known clinically as hypertension – is one of the most common reasons patients come in to my clinic. High blood pressure leads to a variety of serious health problems, including heart attacks and strokes, so it’s something that needs to be taken seriously.
There are few worse habits for your health than smoking. Smoking not only damages your lungs and increases your chances of COPD, emphysema, and lung cancer, it also raises your blood pressure and causes cardiovascular problems. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services estimates that 7,000 state residents die each year from illnesses directly tied to smoking. The good news is most smokers want to quit the habit, with an estimated 70 percent of Wisconsin smokers saying they want to kick the habit.
With school right around the corner, now is the ideal time to address sleeping habits and help kids get the sleep they need. On average, preschoolers should get 10 to 12 hours of sleep while those ages 7 to 12 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep. Teens should get between eight and nine hours of sleep a night (some teens may actually need more – especially if they’re going through a growth spurt.)
When it comes to healthcare, disease prevention doesn’t usually attract a lot of headlines. But it should. Whether it’s getting the proper screenings or having vaccinations at the right time, preventative care can have a huge impact on your overall health.
It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean you – and your kids – need to stay inside. There are plenty of fun winter activities that will get you moving, such as sledding, skating, snowshoeing, skiing and more. All of these activities are good exercise.
Cancer, unfortunately, touches nearly everyone. You likely have a family member or friend who has been diagnosed with cancer. The American Cancer Society predicted an estimated 1.69 million new cancer cases would be diagnosed and 595,690 people would die from cancer in 2016. While more Americans die annually from heart disease, cancer is quickly gaining ground. A study last month from the National Vital Statistics System reported cancer was the top cause of death in 22 states.
Two of the biggest medical “to dos” parents need to take care of before school include sports physicals and making sure their children’s immunizations are updated.
Osteoporosis is a silent disease you may not realize you have until you break a bone. Osteoporosis – also known as thinning bones – can leave patients not only with broken bones, but also pain. While this condition doesn’t have any easy-to-see symptoms, it’s important everyone – especially women – know about osteoporosis, their risk for developing it, and how to prevent it.
High blood pressure usually doesn’t have any symptoms, which is why it’s checked every time you come into a doctor’s office. If you have high blood pressure, multiple lifestyle changes can improve your numbers and your overall health.
The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus. Cervical cancer strikes women of all ages and is caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. Women can get HPV from having sexual contact with someone who has it.
We’re bombarded daily with advice and tips to eat healthy. We also know we should be doing it, but eating healthy isn’t easy. Many people are unsure where to start, worry about maintaining it or are afraid of giving up their favorite foods. I get it. I’ve struggled too with eating healthy, but by taking little steps you will see a big difference.
It’s estimated 500,000 Americans have sleep apnea, but many are unaware they have the dangerous disorder, which causes a person to stop breathing while sleeping.
It’s not every day you get to feed a fire department, but ThedaCare Executive Chef Larry London and I did last fall. We teamed up to teach the firefighters with the Hilbert Volunteer Fire Department about good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and how to make healthy food taste so wonderful that no one realizes some high fat ingredients may be missing.
After what seems like an endless winter, summer is just around the corner. While summer is filled with lots of fun, carefree activities, it’s important to not get careless. Driving accidents involving teens, drownings, and bike accidents hit their peak during the summer.
It may be cold outside, but thankfully that doesn’t keep people inside. We’re fortunate to have so many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the world around us.
Some people dread the holidays. Instead of seeing it as a time to enjoy special time with family and friends, they see a massive to-do list and days full of stress. It doesn’t have to be that way. I’ll admit getting ready for the holidays will keep you busy – there are gifts to buy and wrap, people to visit, and trees to decorate, but there are steps you can take to make the experience a lot less stressful.
Summer – that time of the year when the weather is perfect to head outside and go for a walk, ride your bike, play a game or just relax. But unfortunately too many children spend summer (and the rest of the year too if we’re being honest) sitting in front of a computer screen.
Before talking about how to quit, let me quickly review why you need to quit: Smoking is an unhealthy habit. Smoking not only causes lung cancer and chronic lung disease, it also raises your risk of heart disease and stroke. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Mention the word “colonoscopy” and many people immediately plug their ears and want to think about anything else. But when my patients turn 50 – or if they’re younger and there’s a family history of colon cancer – it’s something I have to bring up, whether they want to talk about it or not.
This is one column people may want to skip right over, but it’s definitely one everyone needs to read – especially if you’re over 50. The subject? Colonoscopies. Before you skip to the next headline, hear me out: Colonoscopies are important and a valuable tool for physicians. Not only do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer, if any polyps are found they can be immediately removed. And if the doctor finds nothing? You likely won’t need another one for 10 years.
Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 243 agricultural workers suffer lost-time injuries every day, with 5 percent of those resulting in permanent impairments.
If you’re a smoker, there’s a good chance that you want to quit. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, an estimated 70 percent of state smokers want to kick the habit. And why not? Smoking not only is linked to a host of health problems, including cancer, stroke, heart problems, and lung disease, it is also an expensive, smelly habit.
When we gain weight during the holidays, the result is often fatigue and disappointment in how we feel or how our clothes fit. Scott Schuldes, APNP, at ThedaCare Physicians in Hilbert and Darboy, reports that many of his patients gain an average of five pounds from Halloween through New Year’s Day.
Health studies are often a mix of good and bad news. The good news is that fewer Americans are smoking cigarettes, but the bad news is that more people – especially tweens, teens and young adults – are turning instead to electronic cigarettes. While smoking’s health dangers are well documented, few know that using e-cigarettes -- or vaping as it’s sometimes called – can also cause health problems.
If you’ve been in downtown Hilbert lately, you might have noticed a change at our clinic – a new sign shows the new ThedaCare logo. The change doesn’t end there. Inside, we have a colorful message board showcasing the story of a local patient. It’s about Steven, who came in for what he thought would be just a normal check-up.
Lifestyle choices make a big impact on whether or not a person receives a cancer diagnosis in his or her lifetime. Scott Schuldes, APNP, at ThedaCare Physicians-Hilbert, routinely counsels his patients on simple steps that can help prevent cancer.
ThedaCare Physicians - Hilbert
308 W Main Street
Hilbert, Wisconsin 54129
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