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March 25, 2020

The Power of an Upbeat Attitude Shines Through in Physical Therapy

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How a person feels mentally and emotionally can make a big difference in the course of physical therapy. For Carl Hohman, the bond he’s formed with his rehabilitation team helps keep his spirits high.

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Tags: Anna Stoecklein, Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, Multiple sclerosis, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


March 11, 2020

Pain Rehabilitation Center Offers Freedom From Debilitating Symptoms

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Carolyn Judson repeatedly tried to no avail to get to the bottom of the episodes of shaking, sensitivity to touch and other mysterious symptoms that drastically affected her quality of life. Then she came to Mayo Clinic where she was referred to a three-week program that she says gave her her life back.

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Tags: Pain Rehabilitation Center


March 9, 2020

Personalized Physical Therapy Helps Artist Reclaim Her Career

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Lori Earley feared that worsening symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome would put an end to the successful art career she’d worked so hard to build. After she sought help at Mayo Clinic, however, a dedicated care team helped Lori arrive at a different outcome.

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Tags: Dr. Thomas Rizzo, Edsel Bittencourt, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sunni Alessandria


April 3, 2019

From Sadness to Smiles: Art Inspires Emotional Healing

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When Bill Hoffman arrived at Mayo Clinic’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, he was so weak he could barely move. Not only was his strength gone, his happiness had disappeared, too. That began to change when Bill picked up a paintbrush and immersed himself in the creative process.

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Tags: Carol Graziano, Dr. Mitchell Humphreys, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


March 1, 2019

Robotic Spine Surgery Renews Scott Walling’s Independence

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Last summer, Scott Walling was in excruciating pain, and he could barely walk. Today he’s pain-free and enjoying his favorite hobbies again, thanks to a new procedure offered by Mayo Clinic’s Department of Neurosurgery.

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Tags: Dr. Karen Newcomer, Dr. Mohamad Bydon, Robotic spine surgery, Spinal stenosis


November 2, 2018

An Active Life Restored, Thanks to Regenerative Medicine

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For years, Rick Amatuzio lived with severe back pain that kept him from the active life he’d always savored. But advanced diagnostic tests and regenerative medicine therapy at Mayo Clinic ultimately led to a complete recovery. Now Rick once again can play sports and enjoy the outdoors free from pain.

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Tags: Dr. Wenchun Qu, Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Regenerative Medicine


October 11, 2018

Winning Against All Odds

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Andy Steinfeldt discovered his love of running late in life. When a series of medical conditions and complications threatened his newfound hobby, he refused to accept a future where he wasn’t able to compete.

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Tags: Dr. David Froehling, Dr. Jonathan Finnoff, Parsonage-Turner syndrome, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, vascular center


October 3, 2018

Teamwork and Motivation Spur Recovery from Brachial Plexus Injury

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A motor vehicle accident left Jennifer Tetler without the use of her left arm. But the comprehensive treatment plan developed by her Mayo Clinic care team, along with Jennifer’s drive to recover as fully as possible, led to an excellent outcome.

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Tags: brachial plexus, Cecelia Skotak, Dr. Pelagia Kouloumberis, Dr. Shelley Noland, Julie Pohlad, Peripheral Nerve Clinic


July 27, 2018

Improving Lives With Creativity and Kindness

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As a child, when Jim Rogotzke wanted a toy or device that didn’t exist, he’d make it. Today the master electrician has turned that talent toward designing and developing devices to help patients.

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Tags: Jim Rogotzke, Mayo Clinic Health System, Melissa Wegscheid, Occupational therapy, Physical Therapy


April 13, 2018

Diagnosis and Treatment for a Mysterious Illness Turn Despair Into Hope

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With unexplained symptoms worsening daily, Elise Athas’ health was spiraling downward quickly until she came to Mayo Clinic and discovered a program that helped her cope, recover and heal.

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Tags: Dr. Jeffrey Staab, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, Dr. Michel Toledano, Functional neurologic disorders, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Psychology


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