New walk-in sports injury clinic coming in 2023!

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Tri-County Health Care remains dedicated to keeping our area athletes in top shape. We understand that sports and the drive to compete are one with our local culture. We have hundreds of gifted athletes all over the region going for the gold, charging for the touchdown, and leading the team. Now those athletes have a new Sports Medicine resource in their corner. On January 2, 2023, a new free walk-in sports injury clinic will be available.

Brock Spandl, DC, and Sarah Maninga, ATC, will staff the clinic. By using the injury clinic, athletes can schedule same-day appointments with orthopedic providers if further evaluation is needed.

Tri-County Health Care added this new service to better serve athletes around the region. This new walk-in clinic will offer a wide range of services in addition to our ongoing sports medicine services. Some of these services include:

High School Outreach

Our athletic trainer is at the ready to help student-athletes with a complete evaluation during games and practices. An evaluation can aid in performance and postgame recovery.

Sports Injury Evaluations

K-12 students can receive a free injury evaluation by a Tri-County Health Care sports medicine specialist. Same-day scheduling is available for meetings with our orthopedic specialists.

Athletic Training Programs

Our clinic is more than a place for recovery; it’s a place to grow. We have various training programs designed for male and female athletes to enhance athletic performance. This program is an excellent way to maintain strength throughout the year.

Strength & Conditioning Programs

Regular conditioning is essential to athletic performance, and our sports medicine team has you covered. Individual programs are available for athletes of all ages. Setting attainable goals and interests remains key to ensuring high-quality conditioning.

Educational Presentations

We are trainers and teachers! Staff members are available for educational presentations at schools and events. Contact Tri-County Health Care to schedule.

The free sports injury walk-in clinic is available Monday-Friday, from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., by entering the main entrance of the Wadena Clinic and checking in at the front desk.


Knees and the green: Meet Missy

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On a warm summer day, Missy threw her clubs over her shoulder and made her way to the course at Whitetail Run. Golf has always been her passion. It has been a part of her life since childhood. She even grew up across the street from the Whitetail Run golf course. Later in life, she would coach the sport for Wadena-Deer Creek High School. Unfortunately, life has a way of pulling us away from the activities that bring us joy. During a game of volleyball, she tore her ACL. Missy went through two ACL surgeries that resulted in severe arthritis. She could still play golf and exercise, but not without pain. Missy has a unique story and proof that knees and the green are a great match.

Surgery and recovery 

Missy is not the type to regress casually into inactivity. Her club belongs tightly gripped in hand, not collecting dust in a closet. Arthritis would not stop her, so she started looking for help. In her own community, she discovered Ben Robertson, MD. Guided by a myriad of glowing reviews, she took the leap and met with the orthopedic surgeon.  

Missy was immediately blown away by Dr. Robertson’s knowledge of the bones and muscles that make up the body. After a consultation, she decided to pursue surgical correction. All went as planned, but surgery was only half the battle. Then began the recovery period. According to Missy, a physical therapist, rehab is crucially important. Every day must be about healing to recover fully. 

Knees and the green!

Knees and the green! Missy golfs again.

After only seven weeks, Missy was playing golf again.

After only a few weeks of physical therapy, Missy made her way to the green. When asked if she had any advice for people in a similar situation, she simply replied, “Don’t wait.” A love for physical activity and a single consultation changed her life forever. 

Putting surgery off can limit or keep you from doing what you love. If you feel a shooting pain or your joints just aren’t what they used to be, maybe it’s time to think about meeting an orthopedic specialist. Tri-County Health Care has one of the most comprehensive orthopedic and sports medicine programs around. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Robertson, call 218-631-3510 or utilize our online scheduling option. Also, remember to follow Tri-County Health Care on social media.