Sports Physicals and How to Prevent Sport Related Injuries

Posted by Madison Dusek on Apr 3, 2017 9:07:26 AM


Sprains, strains, scrapes and more. Spring is here and so is the risk of sports injuries. Organized sports provide a number of physical and social benefits for our children after the long, cold winter, but they also come with an increased risk of injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.6 million children are treated in emergency room departments each year for sport and recreation-related injuries.

So what can you do to help your child have a safe and enjoyable sports season?

Family Medicine: The importance of comprehensive care.

Posted by Madison Dusek on Jan 3, 2017 11:38:43 AM


Urgent care clinics bring convenience to a busy life. However this convenience can overshadow the importance of comprehensive care and the ongoing patient-physician relationship at the cornerstone of family medicine. Family physicians focus on the whole person while serving as advocates for their patients in today’s increasingly complex health system. Urgent care clinics and the emergency room are key points of care for emergent, after-hour issues, but far too many patients use them as primary points of care.

Family medicine says farewell to Dr. Wessel

Posted by Madison Dusek on Nov 28, 2016 5:35:58 PM



After thrity-seven years in family pracrice and sixteen years with Rapid City Medical Center, LLP Alvin Wessel Jr., MD is hanging up his stethoscope for good. Over the years Dr. Wessel has had the privilege of caring for generation of patients and has found joy in watching families grow. He will offically reitre on November 30, 2016.

Ask Family Doctors: Scoliosis

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Aug 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM


The spine is one of the most important structures in the body. It supports the entire human frame, gives us the mobility and range that we use to do everything from sitting to playing extreme sports, and protects the spinal cord. As a result, any problem with the spine--like scoliosis--must be taken very seriously.

Tick Facts From Family Doctors

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jul 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM


There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding ticks. In general, people just aren't sure what to look for, what to avoid, and what the dangers are. If you searched "Family Doctors Near Me" hoping to find some tick facts, then you've come to the right place: our Family Doctors have everything you need to know about ticks.

Tips From Family Doctors: Caring for Premature Babies

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jun 24, 2016 12:00:00 PM


Caring for any baby can be a challenge that even the bravest, most experienced, and most prepared parents find a little tricky, but premature babies require an extra level of care that can be frightening at first. Premature babies have unique health, nutrition, and development needs, and this means that a bit of specialized knowledge goes a long way. Our Family Doctors know that this can be a joyful and nervous time in your life as well as yourchild's--so here's a little information on how to care for your preemie.

Ask Family Doctors: Constipation

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Apr 6, 2016 11:30:00 AM


Nobody likes to get sick. Whether it's a little cold, a headache, fever, or the full-on stomach flu, feeling under the weather is no fun at all. However, this discomfort is, if possible, even less fun for children. It may sound strange, but the truth is that children simply don't have as much experience with being sick. They don't know what's serious and what's not, they don't know one illness from another, and, most importantly, they have a low tolerance for discomfort (and anything that keeps them from laughing and playing). Illness in babies, toddlers, and younger children can be difficult to identify and difficult to deal with--especially when it comes to something as uncomfortable and often embarrassing as constipation.

Ask Family Doctors: Pill-swallowing for Kids

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Mar 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM


Think back to your childhood. What do you remember most fondly? Is it the long, lazy summer nights, as intricate as living things--the crickets chirping, the sky changing color above your head, the stars just beginning the show their bright faces? Is it the adventures you had and the games you played, all fueled by a fresh new imagination? Or, perhaps, is it the pillow forts? Whatever you loved about your childhood, you probably remember pill-swallowing with a bit less fondness--and you're not the only one. Pill-swallowing is the infamous enemy of childhood itself. Of course, to a parent, swallowing pills no longer seems so daunting; what can seem daunting is getting the little ones to take their medicine.

Problems Swallowing Pills

It has been generally unclear why it is so difficult for kids to swallow pills and at what age the "pill comfort" threshold is crossed. The truth is, it all comes down to the individual child. Some kids never experience anxiety over swallowing pills, while the discomfort stretches long into the teen years--and perhaps even adulthood--for others. What is the solution? A group of recent studies suggest that there are different techniques that work for each child. For example, one kid might be more comfortable swallowing a pill after a little teaching and example-setting from mom and dad, while another kid might find more help in a flavored spray to lubricate the throat during pill-swallowing.

Tips and Tricks

So, what can you do for your child? What techniques might help? Let our expert Family Doctors suggest some tips and tricks.

  • Early start. Many studies have suggested that pill-swallowing may only be a problem in that complex phase where anxieties abound--and that this may be easier before those anxieties arise, in the younger years. Children as young as two years old can begin "training" to swallow pills.
  • Practice. A little bit of practice can make anything seem easier, and pill-swallowing is no different. Kids might be able to swallow pills with more confidence if they are given the opportunity to practice. Placebo pills, small vitamins, or candy can be used for practice--just be sure that there is no confusion over what a pill is versus what candy is.
  • Stay positive. Children respond better to positive environments. Make pill-swallowing a "fun" process; encourage kids, reward them, and generally make sure that you do everything in your power to associate swallowing a pill with happiness rather than anxiety or stress.

Interested in more tips for kids' health? Looking for reliable Family Doctors? Contact us today!