Myofascial release can help you return to a pain-free life

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a safe and effective manual therapy technique for treating pain and dysfunction. It involves applying gentle sustained pressure into fascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up ...


David Kim, MD

Specialty: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Medical School: New York University School of Medicine, NY – 1995
Internship: New England Deaconess Hospital General Surgery, MA – 1996
Residency: University of Washington Medical Center, WA – 1999 (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
Fellowship: University of Washington Medical Center, WA – 2000 (Sports Medicine)


Dr. Kim enjoys playing golf, snowboarding, and spending time with his wife Christy and two children, Allison and Joshua. Together they ...


Cold and Flu Season is Here; Tips to stay healthy

There are two things we can count on in the winter – cold weather and stuffy or runny noses. Winter is prime time for spreading diseases since more people are staying indoors and spreading germs to others.

The common cold and influenza are prevalent in the winter months. Fortunately, there are things you can do to avoid getting sick.

How can you tell if you have a cold or the flu?

Both the common cold and the flu are caused by viruses ...


Sports physicals: what to expect

Back-to-school physical exams help ensure that children are healthy as they begin the new school year. Most schools require physicals to participate in sports activities in order to evaluate the child’s general health, current fitness level, risk of injury and physical well-being.

Snoqualmie Ridge Medical Clinic offers sports physicals for students of all ages.

“Physical exams give pediatricians a chance to give children a thorough exam to determine if there are any conditions that could place the child at undue risk if ...


Outpatient Physical Therapy – There’s an App for That!

Our clinical environment is rapidly changing with the advancements in technology. Our IT department recently provided the Outpatient Physical Therapy staff with an iPad. Thanks to a variety of medical applications now available, our therapists have even more tools to help our patients recover.

Ten years ago, motion-detection systems involved bulky systems with multiple cameras in a large room. We now have a posture screening/gait analysis program that utilizes the built-in camera on a clipboard-sized tablet that can quickly analyze biometrics ...


Speech-Language Pathology; it’s more than just talk

Most people associate Speech Pathologists, formerly Speech Therapists, with childhood articulation problems or adult therapy following a stroke.  Speech Pathologists certainly work with these populations, but there is much more in our scope of practice.

Areas we evaluate and treat when appropriate, include language, speech, accent reduction, voice, cognition, swallowing, stuttering and alternative/augmentative communication.

Here are the most common speech disorders we evaluate and treat at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital:

Aphasia – The inability or decreased ability to understand others or express oneself; the ...


Pinwheels raise awareness of child abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness of child maltreatment and how to prevent it in our community.

The Washington State Department of Early Learning uses pinwheels to represent its campaign to urge people to learn more about prevention and supporting children and their families.

“The health and well-being of our children is all of our concern,” Dr. Ronald Spiegel, Pediatrician at Snoqualmie Ridge Medical Clinic, said. “Medical providers rely on community members to report any treatment ...


Exceptional health care in a small town – a testimonial

I was asked to call the hospital to see if they would provide a speaker for my senior fellowship group at Mt. Si Lutheran Church. Sue Mocker, the Hospital Programs Coordinator, came out multiple times to teach us about the services the hospital provides, including the Swing Bed Program. She also askedKaren LaJambe, one of their medical providers, to come talk to us about strokes.

Little did I know, I would need hip surgery a few months later. After my surgery, ...


SVH collaborates with other hospitals to help save lives

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recently implemented a care coordination plan creating an Emergency Cardiac and Stroke care system designed to improve the process and care for cardiac and stroke patients.  Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is now part of this new statewide care coordination system.

To receive official categorization, hospitals must complete a rigorous application process and meet all specified quality measures designated by the new system criteria. This new system has two cardiac levels and three stroke levels.

Snoqualmie Valley ...

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