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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 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


February 7, 2020

Back on Her Feet and Pain-Free

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Doris Jessesski tried a host of treatments to ease her chronic back pain, but nothing worked. Then a Mayo Clinic Pain Medicine specialist recommended a new type of spinal cord stimulator. That did the trick. Today, Doris’ debilitating back pain is gone.

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Tags: Dr. Evan Nelson, Dr. Matthew Pingree, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spine Stimulation


July 31, 2019

After Back Surgery, Jamie Ruden’s on the Court Again and Looking to Help Others

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When Division 1 women’s college basketball player Jamie Ruden could no longer play through, or live with, the chronic back pain that was keeping her from playing her usual style of basketball, she came to Mayo Clinic for the surgical fix she knew she needed.

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Tags: Department of Surgical Services, Dr. Jeffrey Pasternak, Dr. Karen Newcomer-Aney, Dr. Meghan Murphy, herniated disk, Mayo Clinic Hospital, MRI, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Saint Marys Campus


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


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 24, 2018

Joyriding Once More

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When chronic hip pain drove Brenda Brault to seek medical care, the long-distance runner and triathlete assumed her high-level athletic pursuits were over. Rather than limiting her abilities, however, surgery allowed Brenda’s training to keep moving forward.

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Tags: Arthroscopy, Dr. Bruce Levy, Dr. Corey Kunzer, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


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


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


March 5, 2018

Right-Handed Once More, Thanks to Unique Orthopedic Surgery

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Craig Cretsinger had accepted the fact that he’d never be able to use his right hand — until he learned about a specialized hand surgery at Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: Dr. Mark Christopherson, Dr. Peter Rhee, Orthopedic Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal cord injury program, Upper extremity reconstruction


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