To Your Health

Younger total knee replacement patients need smart strategies to stay active

Most people think total knee replacement is for elderly people who haven’t been very active. Even older men and women who have led active lifestyles believe it’s something they won’t have to think about until well into their golden years. If you’re one of those people, you need to think again.

Beebe nurse Jeanne Smith retires after more than 30 years

In 1965, Jeanne Smith graduated from the Beebe School of Nursing. About 10 years later, she returned to Beebe as a staff nurse, splitting her time between the hospital and a private doctor’s office.

Walking without pain

It’s no secret that walking is considered one of the safest forms of exercise for young and old alike. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to become a regular walker, and there is always somewhere to walk, whether you live in a city, a small town or on a farm. However, no sport is without risks, and walking is no exception.

Tanning beds off-limits to minors in Delaware as of 2015

Teenagers looking for a UV-based golden glow will have to go to the beach starting in 2015, when Delaware’s newest tanning law begins. Beginning at the new year, no one younger than 18 can use UV tanning devices at tanning facilities.

Fenwick Lions offer vision screening to vets and families

The Fenwick Island Lions Club, Millsboro American Legion and the Ocean View VFW — in the spirit of the newly formed Delaware Joining Forces initiative designed to encourage veterans and community service organizations to work more closely together — will offer a free vision screening opportunity, starting this month, to veterans and their families.

Free info and enrollment sessions offered for ACA

It’s not too late to learn about affordable healthcare options. People can schedule free appointments at their local library with the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care.

“We kind of want to be able to establish in these local communities [a place] where folks know they can go to get assistance,” said Christopher Casazza, DFMC supervisor and lead marketplace guide.

Gale brings years of experience in hopes of helping those in need

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Counselor William Gale of Choices First in Dover will now be offering his services in the Bethany area on Monday mornings. Gale has more than 20 years of clinical experience.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Counselor William Gale of Choices First in Dover will now be offering his services in the Bethany area on Monday mornings. Gale has more than 20 years of clinical experience.There’s a new doctor in town. William Gale, a lifelong educator and counselor, recently started offering his services in south coastal Delaware in the hopes of helping more people.

“What initially drew me to the field was education,” he said. “When I was teaching, I was never just a teacher-teacher. I had the empathy and the compassion. I found that it’s tending to the student. “

Gale was born and raised in Rehoboth Beach, as one of six children. Although he moved north in adulthood, he still has family in the area.

“I still drive by our house on Munson Street,” he said with a smile.

Gale is a licensed professional counselor of mental health with 20 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field. He has worked with diverse populations in the delivery of psychotherapy.

Having had his practice in Dover, Gale recently decided to start offering his services in Bethany Beach on Monday mornings.

Aging and falls: A guide to pitfalls and prevention

By 2030, Delaware officials say, the state will have the ninth highest proportion of the population age 65 or older compared to the rest of the country. With aging, the risk of falling increases dramatically, and the results can be devastating.

Guest Column: Occupational therapy touches nearly all parts of life

Being a local of the Eastern Shore beaches for my entire life, it is only destiny I return back to my hometown to find a job once I complete a master’s degree program in occupational therapy.

Stand-up paddleboarding delivers health rewards and injury challenges

Coastal Point • File Photo : Two stand-up paddleboarders enjoy a night ride near the bridge in Fenwick Island during a stand-up paddleboard event held last year.Coastal Point • File Photo : Two stand-up paddleboarders enjoy a night ride near the bridge in Fenwick Island during a stand-up paddleboard event held last year.Have you tried it, yet? Stand-up paddleboard is one of the hottest new sports. It doesn’t require much gear, and it lets you enjoy lakes, rivers or the ocean. Aside from having a great time, stand-up paddleboard’s biggest reward is that it gives you a terrific full-body workout and develops core strength.

The rewards, however, come with challenges. In this sport, it’s important to understand that, while it looks simple, looks can be deceiving. Along with lacerations and whacks to the head and other body parts from falling, overuse injuries are a big issue. Your back, knees, ankles, wrists, shoulders and elbows are all at risk because of the increased demand placed on them from being in a stand-up position while using your body’s force to push the paddleboard forward.

Back injuries are amongst the most common problem, because of the constant bending and pushing motion required to maneuver the paddle and propel your paddleboard. They are a part of your core and a significant stabilizing mechanism for your body. Improper technique often leads to back strain and disk problems.

Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries are also extremely common, because stand-up paddleboarding makes a big demand on these muscles. Doctors are seeing patients complaining of burning sensations from the elbow and shoulder into the hand, while other patients are complaining of numbness from the shoulder to the fingers.

Carve, grind, air or ramp — keep young skateboarders safe

I hope you had a chance to catch this year’s Dew Tour. I didn’t get to go, but Coastal Point readers like me got to follow the action along with the more than 100,000 folks who converged on Ocean City for an incredible 10th season. The world’s best skateboarders put on quite a show, and who wasn’t excited to see Baltimore native Bucky Lasek become this year’s Skate Bowl Dew Cup champ?

FIFA aims to keep young soccer players safe

Like so many of you, I am really caught up in the excitement surrounding soccer’s World Cup matches. Whether Team USA wins or loses, the spotlight on soccer and our team’s strong play has really energized soccer fever here at home. Of course, having Maryland’s Kyle Beckerman on the team adds to the excitement for all of us on Delmarva.

Could your young athlete be risking Tommy John surgery?

In April, Major League pitchers set a new record. Since spring training, more than a dozen Major League baseball pitchers had undergone Tommy John surgery. For all of last season, the number was 19. Doctors say elbow injuries requiring Tommy John surgery have reached epidemic proportions in Major League baseball, and they’re worried about young athletes.

I’m betting you’ve heard about Tommy John surgery, but do you know what elbow injury leads to the surgery and what you can do to protect the athletes in your house? As I always tell you, getting the facts and understanding what you can do can make an important difference for the young athlete in your house.

Surgeons perform Tommy John surgery to repair an elbow ligament called the ulnar collateral ligament or the UCL. Think of a ligament as a kind of piece of rope that connects two bones in the body. The UCL connects the inside of your upper arm (humerus) to the inside of your forearm (ulna). Its main job is to control and support the arm’s movement and stability when performing any kind of motion.

Hedetniemi honored with Beebe award

Mark Hedetniemi, manager of Beebe’s Rehab Services Department in Georgetown and Millsboro, has been honored with the Beebe Healthcare’s “You make a Difference” Award for May.

School of nursing graduates Class of 2014

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare recently celebrated the Class of 2014 graduation, with 24 graduates, at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach.

Struggling with headaches?

If you’re struggling with headaches, you’re not alone. The real question is who hasn’t had a headache? The painful answer is they are all too common. The National Headache Foundation says that more than 45 million Americans suffer from more than just an occasional headache. They’re dealing with recurring, chronic headaches every year.

Help for your aching back

“Oh, my aching back.” How many times have you or someone you know uttered that old expression? Back pain is terrible. It limits your mobility, impacting typical daily activities, and it can really decrease your quality of life. From something as simple as putting on a pair of shoes to picking up a bag of groceries, back pain can make any task frustrating and painful.

Heroin: Part three of a three-part series

'This is a public health problem – addiction is a chronic illness.'

With the increase in heroin abuse throughout Delaware, many state, local and private agencies and organizations are working hard — and sometimes together — to find a
solution to the growing issue.

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.