To Your Health

Don’t let hip bursitis beat you

You’ve probably heard friends or family talking about bursitis. It typically occurs in the elbow, shoulder, knee and hip. Some people have experienced it in the base of the big toe or a heel. The hips seem to be the areas often impacted and it is very common, but there’s much confusion about this really painful problem.

In fact, most people think that hip bursitis is a function of age, but that’s not the real picture. The effects of aging certainly are a leading cause, but young people are at risk, too. This is one nasty problem to wrestle with, but you can save yourself or someone you know needless suffering by getting up to speed on the causes, symptoms and treatments.

We all know that muscles, tendons and bones work together to allow movement of our joints. As those movements occur, the friction that occurs between those structures is reduced and the way is smoothed by a thin sac of tissue called a bursa. The bursae (that’s the plural form of bursa) are filled with fluid that serve as a lubricant to reduce friction.

What you should know about the debate over stretching and injury prevention

How many times have you been told to stretch before exercising or engaging in any sport or workout? Is it a good idea? Does it work? It’s a very controversial topic, and the science is contradictory, too.

Zumbathon set for Oct. 18 at Freeman Fitness Center in Sea Colony

Coastal Point • Submitted : Zumbathon participants get their bodies moving at the Freeman Fitness Center at Sea Colony.Coastal Point • Submitted : Zumbathon participants get their bodies moving at the Freeman Fitness Center at Sea Colony.The third annual Zumbathon at the Freeman Fitness Center in Sea Colony will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The event has raised more than $1,000 for breast cancer research during each of its first two years, but participants don’t have to be Zumba experts to join the effort for the cause.

“You don’t even ever have to have done Zumba before,” said Sea Colony Activities & Fitness Manager Jen Neal. “It’s just to help support the cause and come have fun for two hours.”

During the two-hour dance party, participants are being encouraged to wear pink to show support for breast cancer awareness, and there will even be an award for best-dressed.

Free Frankford Health Fair this weekend aims for wellness

Whether people are looking for a free flu shot or free lunch, the Frankford Health Fair will offer both, and more, when it returns to the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall on Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 4.

“We’ve been doing this one for several years, and each year it gets bigger and better,” said Megan Williams of Beebe Healthcare’s Population Health Department.

Don’t ignore gardening pain — it could signal something serious

Most people do not head for the garden planning to finish the day with aches and pains or a serious injury. Tending flowers, trimming bushes, planting a new tree and even mowing the lawn can be considered a way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. For the gardener, nothing is more satisfying than stepping back and seeing how beautiful it all is.

Beebe Healthcare to host free flu vaccination clinics

Beebe Healthcare will offer free flu clinics for the community starting this month.

Influenza viruses are always changing, so annual vaccination is recommended. Each year scientists try to match the viruses in the vaccine to those most likely to cause flu that year.

Healthy Living: What’s causing that pain in your neck?

We’ve all heard so many of those old jokes. A man tells his doctor, “Doctor, whenever I turn my neck, it hurts.” The doctor replies, “Then don’t turn your neck.”

It’s hard to decide whether to cringe or laugh. The reality is that neck pain is no laughing matter. It can be a sign of some serious problems, and even lesser issues require attention or they can become more serious. If you or someone you know is having a problem with neck pain, you need to understand some of the common potential causes, the symptoms and what can be done to get relief.

Be prepared for anything at Millville safety and health fair

Where should pets go during a storm evacuation? How can you treat substance abuse? What happens in search-and-rescue? What’s your own cholesterol level?

The answers to many health and safety questions can be found in Millville Town Hall on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

10-minutes or a heart attack:

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Gov. Jack Markell discusses his health statistics with screener, Stephanie Saw.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Gov. Jack Markell discusses his health statistics with screener, Stephanie Saw.Sometimes the first step to being healthy is just knowing what’s going on inside.

Thousands of employees and spouses under State of Delaware can get free health screenings through DelaWELL, which recently visited John M. Clayton Elementary.

In Frankford, people were tested for blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar/glucose levels, height, weight and body mass index (BMI).

“I think the more people know their numbers, the better of they’re gong to be, because knowledge is power,” said Gov. Jack Markell, who took the test.

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.